Theologies of the American Revivalists, Robert W. Caldwell III. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2017.
Summary: A study, not so much of the history, as the theologies underlying the different revival movements in America from 1740 to 1840.
There have been various studies of the histories of particular revival movements in American religious history. What Robert W. Caldwell offers in this work is a comparative study of the theologies of the different revivalists. Undergirding the preaching and methodologies of these revivalists lay considerable thought about the theology of the human will and the sovereignty of God, on how widely the salvation of Christ extended, on the length of the conversion process and a tension between systematic theology and plain reading of scripture.
In seven chapters, Caldwell outlines the theologies of various key figures representing different schools of thought, or religious bodies. These include:
- Moderate evangelical revival theology. This…
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