Monday, 15 June 2009

Revival, Renewal and the Holy Spirit

Just received a copy of Dyfed Wyn Roberts (ed.), Revival, Renewal and the Holy Spirit (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009) this morning. The book contains many of the papers delivered at conference held in Bangor in 2004 to commemorate the centenary of the 1904/5 Welsh revival. So its taken a while to appear, but it looks a really worthwhile volume in the end. I've a chapter in it on a relatively minor figure in the evangelical revival, John Lewis, who was the editor of the Calvinistic Methodist periodical, The Weekly History. I wrote it so long ago its hard to remember exactly what's in it now, but I think I talk about the role of media and communication in spreading religious revivals. There's lots of other intersting stuff in it too; lots on 1904 of course, including a really interesting evaluation of the relationship between Evan Roberts and Jessie Penn Lewis, and an intriguing paper by John Harvey that explores the relationship between the revival and the growth of spiritualism in Wales at the same time. There's plenty more too including keynote papers by David Bebbington and Mark Noll, and a valuable discussion of some of the reasons for the rapid decline in the revival by the well-known historian of pentecostalism, William Kay. All highly recommended!

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