Tuesday Mar 15, 2022

American Revivalism and Its Discontents

From the sublimity of the Blumhardts and Nenilava to the ridiculousness of American revivalism. Let's face it, a revival is never honored in its own country. In this episode, these two American theologians trace the irritating history of how Heinrich Bullinger of Zurich (where else?) corrupted Luther's doctrine of the new birth, setting off a chain reaction that bounced from stark Puritan double predestination to the hysterical self-determination of American revival religion, and pretty much everything else American, too. Like it or not, we're all revivalists now.


1. Dad's article "The Doctrine of the New Birth from Bullinger to Edwards" explains all

2. Check out The Book of Concord and do a word search on "regeneration"... prepare to be amazed

3. Gritsch, Born Againism

4. Phil Cary, Good News for Anxious Christians

5. Sealed—if you haven't yet, go back and listen to our bonus episode on this amazing memoir from (as of last month) the Rev. Katie Langston!

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