Inventing the

Inventing the "Great Awakening" Franklin T. Lambert
  • Title: Inventing the "Great Awakening"
  • Author: Franklin T. Lambert
  • ISBN: 9780691086910
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inventing the "Great Awakening" Franklin T. Lambert Inventing the Great Awakening This book is a history of an astounding transatlantic phenomenon a popular evangelical revival known in America as the first Great Awakening Beginning in the mid s supporters and oppon
    This book is a history of an astounding transatlantic phenomenon, a popular evangelical revival known in America as the first Great Awakening 1735 1745 Beginning in the mid 1730s, supporters and opponents of the revival commented on the extraordinary nature of what one observer called the great ado, with its extemporaneous outdoor preaching, newspaper publicity, and rThis book is a history of an astounding transatlantic phenomenon, a popular evangelical revival known in America as the first Great Awakening 1735 1745 Beginning in the mid 1730s, supporters and opponents of the revival commented on the extraordinary nature of what one observer called the great ado, with its extemporaneous outdoor preaching, newspaper publicity, and rallies of up to 20,000 participants Frank Lambert, biographer of Great Awakening leader George Whitefield, offers an overview of this important episode and proposes a new explanation of its origins.The Great Awakening, however dramatic, was nevertheless unnamed until after its occurrence, and its leaders created no doctrine nor organizational structure that would result in a historical record That lack of documentation has allowed recent scholars to suggest that the movement was invented by nineteenth century historians Some specialists even think that it was wholly constructed by succeeding generations, who retroactively linked sporadic happenings to fabricate an alleged historic development Challenging these interpretations, Lambert nevertheless demonstrates that the Great Awakening was invented not by historians but by eighteenth century evangelicals who were skillful and enthusiastic religious promoters Reporting a dramatic meeting in one location in order to encourage gatherings in other places, these men used commercial strategies and newly popular print media to build a revival one that they also believed to be an extraordinary work of God They saw a special meaning in contemporary events, looking for a transatlantic pattern of revival and finding a motive for spiritual rebirth in what they viewed as a moral decline in colonial America and abroad.By examining the texts that these preachers skillfully put together, Lambert shows how they told and retold their revival account to themselves, their followers, and their opponents His inquiries depict revivals as cultural productions and yield fresh understandings of how believers spread the word with whatever technical and social methods seem the most effective.
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    1. So, there is an argument propagated by some historians that the Great Awakening the first one is an interpretive fiction This is something, they say, that was invented by 19th century historians Sure, there were revivals, but they didn t really add up to anything What Lambert is arguing here is that it was not 19th century historians who created the interpretive fiction, but rather the 18th century participants in the awakening the very preachers who chronicled and publicized the events as they [...]

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    2. Lambert argues that the Great Awakening was an invention, but it was one invented by evangelicals at the time, not later in the 19th century, as other historians have argued He does not believe it was a false invention people found meaning in isolated revivals and spread that enthusiasm to others There was an active promotion, seen by many as a need to reverse spiritual decline Others at the time contested the idea that there was a universal movement American revivalists forged links between loc [...]

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