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Writers use the terms “revival” and “revivalism” in various ways. Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines the term “revival” as “a period of religious awakening: renewed interest in religion” with “meetings often characterized by emotional excitement....” “Revivalism” is “the spirit or kind of religion or the methods characteristic of religious revivals.” Some authors, and especially Calvinists, define revival as an unplanned event that reflects God's initiative, and revivalism as a humanly orch…

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McClymond, Michael, “Revival”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 20210104

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