The General and the Particular

David Bebbington

in Victorian Religious Revivals

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

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The Baptists of the fishing townships of Westport and Freeport, Nova Scotia, generated a revival in 1880 which illustrates the role of long-term general factors and short-term particular factors in the genesis of an awakening. The Baptists there maintained an expressive spirituality, promoted the temperance movement and attracted people during the revival by their ordinances. The communities as a whole were moved. At Westport people recalled earlier revivals and were prompted by new lay leaders and ministers. At Freeport there had been unpropitious times during the 1870s, but in 1880 the church there was enjoying a new start under a fresh pastor. Both places were likely to experience revival because of background circumstances, but in each the awakening broke out because of developments in the immediate past.

Keywords: Baptists; fishing; Westport; Freeport; Nova Scotia; revival; spirituality; temperance

Chapter.  14478 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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