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Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America
     

Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America

by Michael McClymond
 
This definitive, two-volume encyclopedia is the first academic reference work devoted specifically to religious revivals in North America. Incorporating the work of 120 scholars, the first volume contains an A-Z set of 228 articles touching on people (e.g., Billy Graham, Aimee Semple McPherson, Francisco Olazábal, etc.), revival events (the Great Awakening, Cane Ridge

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This definitive, two-volume encyclopedia is the first academic reference work devoted specifically to religious revivals in North America. Incorporating the work of 120 scholars, the first volume contains an A-Z set of 228 articles touching on people (e.g., Billy Graham, Aimee Semple McPherson, Francisco Olazábal, etc.), revival events (the Great Awakening, Cane Ridge, the Azusa Street Revival), religious denominations or groups associated with revivals (Methodists, Pentecostals, Primitive Baptists), revival practices (the altar call, bodily manifestations, preaching, praying, speaking in tongues), and themes in revivals (confession of sins, ecstasy, eschatology, foreign missions, material culture, money and revivals). The second volume includes a documentary history of religious revivals from 1527 to 2005, with editorial introductions and selected passages from 121 primary texts--some published here for the first time--and a general bibliography of about 5000 books, articles, and dissertations. Religious revivals have had a tremendous impact on American society throughout its history. During the First Great Awakening (1739-45), waves of religious fervor spread throughout the American colonies. The Second Great Awakening (1795-1835) witnessed the expansion of existing denominations (e.g., Baptist and Methodist) and the foundation of new denominations such as the Disciples of Christ, the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Seventh-day Adventists. These revivalist groups flowered and played a critical role in such cultural and historical movements as abolitionism, temperance, and the struggle for women's rights. More recently, the growing strength of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism during the late 20th Century may be yet another "great awakening" that has had--and will have--a profound impact on political, social, and cultural developments.

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McClymond (theological studies, St. Louis Univ.; founder & president, Inst. for World Christianity) covers North American revivalism—he defines revivals as involving "an intensified experience shared by a group of people"—in two volumes, the first focusing on important people and events and the second on primary documents. In Volume 1, a list of entries is followed by 228 signed A-to-Z articles falling into one of five categories: people, revival events, religious denominations or groups associated with revivals, revival practices or phenomena, and themes in revivals. While many of these articles take up a page or less, many more stretch out to five or six pages in length. Following the entries is a list of the 120 contributors indicating their scholarly affiliations and passages contributed and a comprehensive index. Volume 2, which focuses on the history of revivals from 1527 to 2005 and contains editorial introductions to a wide selection of primary documents, begins with a detailed, chronological contents section complete with descriptive title, author, source, and date for each entry (106 in all, with some 150 texts referenced). The introduction offers helpful entry breakdowns based on three common areas of interest: Christian denomination or tradition; gender, race, and ethnicity; and geographical region. Following these entries, each of which averages three pages, are a 137-page bibliography on North American revivalism, a 75-page bibliography on international revivalism, a guide to North American archival collections, and a detailed index covering both volumes.
—Traci Avet

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313328299
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2006

Meet the Author

MICHAEL MCCLYMOND is the Clarence Louis and Helen Irene Steber Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University. He is the author of Encounters With God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards(1998) and Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (2004), and is editor of Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism(2004), co-editor (with David Noel Freedman) of The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammed as Religious Founders (2001) and co-editor (with Lamin Sanneh) of the Blackwell Companion to World Christianity(2008).

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