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Will Revival Come?

Joen A. Carpenter

in Revive Us Again

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195129076
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853274 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129076.003.0007
Will Revival Come?

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Repeatedly, and with growing intensity, fundamentalists called for and looked longingly toward a spiritual quickening in the churches and a great religious awakening in their land. Fundamentalist leaders held out both hopes—of rapture and revival—with little sense of contradiction. Fundamentalists' hope for revival was an old and powerful part of their legacy as American evangelicals. Revival heirlooms from the mid-19th century abounded in the movement, especially a bountiful store of lore and literature. As these hopes began to flicker and flare during the 1930s and early 1940s, a complex and varied movement for revival began to stir within the ranks of fundamentalism. For fundamentalists, who had endured so much ridicule and seemed so intent on forecasting the imminent doom of civilization, these expressions of hope for revival were both paradoxical and a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Keywords: fundamentalists; religious awakening; spiritual infirmity; revivalism; doom

Chapter.  7260 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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