The Great Awakening: A History of the Revival of Religion in the Time of Edwards and Whitefield

The Great Awakening: A History of the Revival of Religion in the Time of Edwards and Whitefield

by Joseph Tracy

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The Great Awakening refers to a number of periods of religious revival in American Christian history. Historians and theologians identify three or four waves of increased religious enthusiasm occurring between the early 18th century and the late 20th century. Each of these "Great Awakenings" was characterized by widespread revivals led by evangelical Protestant ministers, a sharp increase of interest in religion, a profound sense of conviction and redemption on the part of those affected, an increase in evangelical church membership, and the formation of new religious movements and denominations.
This volume is the history of the religious revival in America in the mid to late 18th century and remains second to none in its definitive treatment of one of the most important and remarkable eras in the history of the Christian church in modern times.


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ISBN-13: 9788834114667
Publisher: Arcadia Press
Publication date: 05/18/2019
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topics of persuasion; which method was sealed by the Holy Spirit in the conviction and conversion of a considerable number of persons, at various times, and in different places, in that part of the country ; as appeared by their acquaintance with experimental religion, and good conversation." Such was the character of the " Great Awakening " in its commencement, before any foreign influence was brought to mingle with it. And in many places where there was no visible movement, such as these specimens exhibit, there was a reviving of religion in secret; there was, in the pious, and especially among pastors, a sense of spiritual want; there was self-examination; there was self-abasement and mourning for discovered want of fervor and constancy in God's service ; there was prayer for pardon, and for grace to be faithful, and for the divine blessing upon faithful labors ; there was a better performance of pulpit and parochial duties, and a more teachable spirit, both in church members and others ; and in many places, there began to be instances of manifest conversion. Such was the state and such were the prospects of New England, when George Whitefield was invited to visit Boston. As he was a member and a minister of the church of England, we must inquire what influence the institutions of that church exerted upon him, and through him upon the American churches. CHAPTER III. Whitefiild In Early Life. His birth, education, and religious experience. His success as a preacher. — His first visit to Georgia. His return to England, opposition, and success. — Controversy with the Bishop of London. His intercourse with Watts and Doddridge. His return to America. In the " office forbaptism " prescribed by the Church of England, the priest, after the application of water to the infan...

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