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Theology of Revival

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Author(s): McClymond, Michael J.
Overview The English word “revival,” together with its foreign equivalents (Ger. Erweckung, Fr. réveil, Sp. avivamiento, Chin. fen xing, Kor. bu hung), refers to a period of time in which a community of Christians undergoes renewal and revitalization. It has been defined as “a period of religious awakening: renewed interest in religion,” with “meetings often characterized by emotional excitement”; also, “revivalism” is “the spirit or kind of religion or the methods characteristic of religious revivals” (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary). To call a religious gat…