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A Clash of Cultures

David Bebbington

in Victorian Religious Revivals

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199575480
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741449 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575480.003.0007
A Clash of Cultures

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During a revival at Ferryden in Forfarshire, Scotland, in 1859 rival worldviews came into collision. There a fishing community was closely associated with the Free Church of Scotland. Education, temperance and earlier revivals prepared the way for the events of 1859. Evangelicals were united in opposition to the rough culture, but they were divided in other ways. The inhabitants of the fishing village saw a connection between the spiritual and the physical and so expected conversion to be associated with prostrations. A group of radical evangelicals, believing in instant conversion, sympathized with the fisherfolk. A more rational group of moderate evangelicals looked askance at the prostrations. In the ensuing struggle for control of events, victory went to the moderates.

Keywords: revival; Ferryden; Forfarshire; Scotland; fishing; Free Church of Scotland; rough culture; prostrations; conversion

Chapter.  14885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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