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Tradition and Innovation

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/9780199575480.003.0008
Tradition and Innovation

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The revival at Moonta in South Australia in 1875 is a case-study in the relationship between the traditional and the innovative. The copper mining area was largely dominated by Methodists from Cornwall. The revival, which was preceded by a strike and by well publicised deaths, was suffused by the spirit of Methodism. The initial phase in the settlements near the mines was fading before a second phase began in the adjacent Moonta Township. There a different style prevailed - interdenominational, with businessmen in the lead and much more organised - much closer to the practice of the contemporary revivalists Moody and Sankey. The fresh mode was centred among the Baptists, where there was a fresh emphasis on immediate faith and where women and children enjoyed greater prominence.

Keywords: revival; Moonta; South Australia; mining; Methodists; deaths; interdenominational; Moody; Sankey; Baptists

Chapter.  16699 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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