Revivalism and the Me Generation

Thursday, 02 Aug 2007

"Not only does democracy make each man forget his ancestors, it hides his descendants from him, and divides him from his contemporaries; it continually turns him back into himself, and threatens, at last, to enclose him entirely in the solitude of his own heart."
The decade of the nineties has witnessed a dramatic new interest in revivals. From reports out of Toronto during the early years of the decade, to college campus stirrings in 1995, and now from the excitement generated in Pensacola, Florida, growing numbers conclude we are presently in the throes of a mighty spiritual awakening. This "new" awakening, many insist, is not like any previously witnessed in American history. We are repeatedly told that this awakening is here, or at least in its nascent stages. Proponents even assure us that the crest of this new wave of revival will ...

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