Chapter 21. Revivals

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Michael McClymond Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch21

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

McClymond, M. (2010) Revivals, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch21

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. St Louis University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • religious revivals, American - baseball, blues music and stars and stripes;
  • revivals central to religion in North America - “revivalism the most important movement in history of Protestantism in the United States”;
  • religious gathering, revival - participants undergoing intensification of experience;
  • Roman Catholicism - no connection with religious revival, understood as a Protestant phenomenon;
  • Catholicism, stressing on participation in sacraments more than the preached Word;
  • Protestant preoccupation with salvation - intense, absent from Catholic parishes;
  • revivals, having social, historical, and cultural effects - revivals in North America;
  • rise of Pentecostalism in 1901 - interdenominational Holiness Movement sponsoring and supporting revivals;
  • scholarly explanations for revivals - moving in multiple directions;
  • theory of material or social deprivation - by sociologist Charles Glock, applied to Pentecostalism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining “Revival” and “Revivalism”

  • Common Characteristics of Revivals

  • Historical Overview of Revivals in North America

  • The Academic Study of Revivals

  • Bibliography