Evangelicals and Revivalism

The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy

Gord Heath

An examination of the sometimes wonderful and often wild relationship between revivalism and evangelicalism.

From the birth of the movement in the eighteenth century, evangelicalism has been closely identified with religious revivalism. Some of those revivals were calm and “respectable” – and quite effective. Others revivals were “wild and crazy” events, marked by intense experiences with God and visible manifestations that perplexed leaders and participants alike – yet quite effective as well. This session explores the sometimes wonderful and often wild relationship between revivalism and evangelicalism. It will also probe into a theology of revivalism, and contemporary forms of revivalism in Canada and the world.

 

HeathBio: Gord is the associate professor of Christian history at McMaster Divinity College, as well as the Centenary Chair in World Christianity. He also serves as Director of the Canadian Baptist Archives, the official archives of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ). He is an ordained minister with the CBOQ, having pastored in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. Gord has also served in a variety of leadership roles in local churches, working with both youth and adults. He continues to enjoy speaking and teaching in local churches, usually on some aspect of church history. He lives in Ancaster with his wife Virginia, his two children (Joshua and Natasha), and Sam the food-stealing golden retriever.