The Spontaneous and the Planned

David Bebbington

in Victorian Religious Revivals

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199575480
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741449 | DOI:
The Spontaneous and the Planned

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A Wesleyan Methodist revival in Cornwall in 1849 illustrates the extent to which awakenings were spontaneous or planned. It took place in the town of Penzance and the adjacent fishing villages of Mousehole and Newlyn. Economic circumstances played no discernible part in the genesis of the episode, but anxieties about death did. Methodist piety prepared the way and the superintendent minister both anticipated revival and managed it when it came. In Penzance the awakening appealed to the young people of respectable families, but in each of the fishing villages the whole community was moved to greater exuberance. There was far more planning in Penzance than in Mousehole and Newlyn.

Keywords: Wesleyan Methodist; revival; Cornwall; Penzance; Mousehole; Newlyn; economic circumstances; death; fishing

Chapter.  11369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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