"The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America" by by Thomas S. Kidd

Friday, 17 Dec 2010

In 1982, the Yale University historian of colonial America, Jon Butler, wrote a provocative article on the First Great Awakening and called the colonial revivals "an interpretive fiction." His subject was less the eighteenth century than the particular efforts of nineteenth-century American pastors to construct a narrative of awakenings led by Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield as a "great" event in the advent of the United States. Butler noted that participants and advocates of the revivals did not describe them as "great." But he was less concerned with how ministers and evangelists understood the ...

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