Revivals, Awakening and Reform

William Gerald McLoughlin


Revivals, Awakening and Reform

Revivals, Awakening and Reform

  • Title: Revivals, Awakening and Reform
  • Author: William Gerald McLoughlin
  • ISBN: 9780226560922
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback



In Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform, McLoughlin draws on psychohistory, sociology, and anthropology to examine the relationship between America s five great religious awakenings and their influence on five great movements for social reform in the United States He finds that awakenings and the revivals that are part of them are periods of revitalization born in times ofIn Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform, McLoughlin draws on psychohistory, sociology, and anthropology to examine the relationship between America s five great religious awakenings and their influence on five great movements for social reform in the United States He finds that awakenings and the revivals that are part of them are periods of revitalization born in times of cultural stress and eventuating in drastic social reform Awakenings are thus the means by which a people or nation creates and sustains its identity in a changing world This book is sensitive, thought provoking and stimulating It is must reading for those interested in awakenings, and even though some may not revise their views as a result of McLoughlin s suggestive outline, none can remain unmoved by the insights he has provided on the subject Christian Century This is one of the best books I have read all year Professor McLoughlin has again given us a profound analysis of our culture in the midst of revivalistic trends Review and Expositor


Recent Comments "Revivals, Awakening and Reform"

For those whose view of spiritual revivals is limited to stereotype and caricature, this classic treatment of the series of “awakenings” in this country will come as a bit of a shock. William McGloughlin was a distinguished historian at Brown University, and in this book he offers a cogent argument for how historically we have misunderstood and ignored the correlation between social change and religious revitalization. In brief, his argument is that periods of religious renewal begin in time [...]

This 200+ page book reads like an extended essay on the influence of evangelicalism upon American society. There are no footnotes and endnotes, only a bibliographical essay at the back. There is much provocative and interesting material in this volume, even if the description and analysis of theological positions is not always fully correct. It is also interesting that the author decided to consider the Fourth Great Awakening between 1960 and 1990, even though the book was published in 1978!!!!! [...]

McLoughlin's book is thought-provoking and frames American history in an interesting way. With that said, it is also extremely limited, largely due to its age and its inability to access much of modern scholarship. I probably figured out how outdated the work was when he said in the last chapter that American was headed toward a future form of Judeo-Christian socialism that would become the dominant religious force of the nation and discounted what he called the neo-Evangelical movement. McLough [...]


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