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It's fair to say that Ian Paisley is a child of the Revival. He came to faith in a Baptist church that was founded as a result of the revival -- just one of many churches in Northern Ireland that were established in an effort to respond to the new and growing population of churchgoers. If today's Northern Ireland is known for its conservative religious landscape, that landscape was in great measure shaped by the great religious revival of If you want to understand Protestantism and particularly Presbyterianism within Northern Ireland in the 20th century, you need to examine what happened in Ian Paisley wrote his account of the revival in , marking its centenary, and his text soon became an important work of reference for future students of the revival.

Since then, there have been quite a few books and papers by historians, sociologists, psychologists, theologians and other specialists, which have examined this important moment in the history of Ireland from various religious and scientific perspectives. A key question, and its one I explored with Dr Paisley, is why this awakening happened when it did. There seemed to be a domino effect of conversions, beginning with an earlier revival in the United States, which calls for some explanation.

Was the economic crisis facing Ireland at the time part of the story? Did people turn to religion as a desperate response to that crisis? How do we explain the strange physical phenomena that accompanied the revival: people falling in their place inside churches or on the roads outside churches, sometimes crying, sometimes laughing, sometimes begging to be told how they may be "saved". Can these accounts be explained simply as "mass hysteria"? I am currently doing some research into the revival for a BBC radio documentary to be broadcast later this year.

It's a dramatic story and a remarkable episode in the religious history of Ireland which merits some serious investigation in this anniversary year. Feel free to add your views on the revival here -- or on religious revivals, construed more generally. Sign in or register to comment.

It's fascinating to me that one of the most important sources for students of the revival today is a book written by a guy who wasn't there, years after the fact. Sounds like the gospels. I haven't read Paisley's account, but I may read it now. Equally fascinating is the vigour with which many Christians disapprove of contemporary movements with similar physical phenomena to that of the revival which produced the very churches whose pews their asses are keeping warm on a weekly basis.

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Interesting world. Complain about this comment Comment number 1. The most important sources are by people who weren't there, years afterwards. Complain about this comment Comment number 2.

Apart, of course, from the fact that I am cynical. John, I pretty much agree, apart from the fact that I accept the gospels as having biblical authority. One thing is clear however, the only revivals I so want to use quotes marks when I write revival which carry any validity are those which happened in one's own denomination in the past. The latest and weirdest is most definitely to be avoided, unless yours was the 'last and weirdest' and you're trying to revive your revival.

I have to say, it mesmerizes me in a, not revival, kind of way that being 'prostrated was holy in yet heresy in As far as I'm concerned too many revivals and I've seen a couple at first hand since are event driven and haven't really much to do with Christian life which was once explained in terms of giving cups of water in Christ's name. So, for anyone who is interested, here's my revival timeline of sorts, beginning of course with Somewhere along the line we got carried away with the idea of 'revival' and forgot about the sermon on the mount and the gospels which, interestingly enough, ended with a religious leader called Jesus, who, by the end of his ministry, had, em, zip, zero, nada, zilch followers, cos they'd all run away; now, how's that for revival?

BTW was there a revival in ? Complain about this comment Comment number 3. And here's something I'd really, actually appreciate a serious answer to. Why are revivals only revivals when there's a boat load of people involved expressing some pretty extreme emotions in public?

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There's a thing, is there not, in the sermon on the mount again about not announcing good deeds in public about not turning prayer into a show and about God knowing what we need before we ask. Sorry to be a party pooper. Complain about this comment Comment number 4. Peter, I may have to disagree with you on this one, although I'm no revival devotee. I think it's to do with vast numbers of people all experiencing the same thing at the same time, namely, some kind of spiritual awakening to God. There's certainly some biblical precedent for this - implicitly and explicitly, generally and specifically - though the practical outworking of theology is the real stickler in most churches.

But I would argue that 'revival' and I'd certainly join you in using quote marks around that word!

By the way, this may help us to define 'church': a place where things that were once naturally occurring and spontaneous are turned into weekly, rehashed regimens. The 'routinization of charisma', according to Max Weber. Complain about this comment Comment number 5. John Have you been converted or something? I am attempting, quite deliberately, to redefine 'revival'. I get the, large number of people doing a religious thing, equals 'revival' I've seen it up close What I don't get and, frankly, I don't want to get it, is the revival mania, however staid and Presbyterian that mania can be, relating to historical revivals.

Some people are having events to commemorate the revival for goodness sake. What's that all about? Paisley's written a book, gee wizz!

It's nine pounds ninety nine plus three fifty post and packing, ten pounds post if you live in the US. There's a couple of web sites I've come across, on one sermon the guy said that he was standing on 'revival ground' in Ulster. I wouldn't be surprised if somebody turned the site of the schoolhouse in Kells into some kind of Protestant shrine. John, you know and I know that being kind to people, without getting noticed, is, easier, and harder.

As is praying at home without boasting about it in church. I'm not saying there can't or shouldn't be emotion, I'm just tired of the show. BTW I'm happy to redefine 'church' too. Complain about this comment Comment number 6. Complain about this comment Comment number 7. DD Another 'frog in the throat'?

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Honey and lemon dude, honey and lemon! Complain about this comment Comment number 8. Here's another question. Could we celebrate the st anniversary of the revival in ? We could call it twenty twenty vision! Why st? Well, it gives us the option of a good slogan and it's as arbitrary as Complain about this comment Comment number 9. Augustine of Clippo, "You could say the same about the resurrection There were NO witnesses to the resurrection.

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What was written in the scriptures about this matter are referred to as a. The empty tomb narratives or b. The appearance narratives. There is no such thing as witnesses to the resurrection, apostolic or otherwise. Complain about this comment Comment number This piece reminded me of John Nevin's letter from Tennessee in "You complain of a declension of religion in me which I may, with shame, acknowledge in part, but such religion as we have here none of you have ever seen.

I was yesterday at a Sacrament and exercise as they call it but not so bad as some other meetings I have been at. We have them here for days as if dead being struck down; Others break into the greatest raptures of prayer, the Minister being obliged to quit preaching; and at their meetings you can see them dancing, running, jumping, jerking and twitching like a person in a violent convulsive fit.

With praying, singing, and shouting glory glory as loud as they can bawl, and wringing and clapping their hands and such conduct as is rarely seen in religious worship, and I wish it may be by the direction of Heaven. In my present attempt it is as far beyond my tongue and pen to describe as you may think I am beyond anything you have ever seen, and although it hath alarmed me yet I cannot approve of it as God is a God of order and not of confusion. No-one has yet commented on the tie. Return to Book Page. Preview — Transforming Revivals by Geoff Waugh.

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George Otis Jr. Transforming Revivals covers community and ecological transformation in the South Pacific and globally, including an overview of transformation by George Otis Jr. Published July 19th first published August 1st More Details Now there were still weaknesses during this time that reflected an orphan spirit. Some Christians reacted harshly to the Catholics and protested leading to the Protestant denomination and several others.

Though God was clearly up to something amazing, many people lived with a think-tank version of Christianity that involved division, debating, and removing the supernatural from daily life. By the s, the church had become powerless and operated like a religious system. England was the unipolar power at the time, but it was starting to break apart. The church exploded with the fire of Heaven and influenced Azusa Street, the second key Reformation in which lasted nearly 10 years!

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