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Ravished by the Spirit

Ravished by the Spirit: Religious Revivals, Baptists, and Henry Alline

Copyright Date: 1984
Pages: 192
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    Ravished by the Spirit
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    Rawlyk sees the Baptists of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as reaching their zenith during the latter half of the nineteenth century. He makes some controversial comments on the differences between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Baptists of both the present and past century.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-6101-4
    Subjects: Religion

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Harold L. Mitton

    To quote Dr. George A. Rawlyk’s own words: “Henry Alline was a man almost larger than life and he has cast a long shadow over the religious development of the New England-Nova Scotia-New Brunswick region until the present day.” Because of demonstrable proof of this statement, and because Acadia Divinity College wished to mark the bicentennial of Henry Alline’s death on February 2,1784, it was inevitable that the College should turn to the person who has researched the life of Henry Alline more thoroughly than any other—Dr. George A. Rawlyk-to give the Hayward Lectures on the noted revivalist during...

  4. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. Acknowledgements
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  6. 1 Alline’s Alline
    (pp. 1-36)

    Henry Alline was a man almost larger than life and he has cast a long shadow over the religious development of the New England–Nova Scotia-New Brunswick region until the present day.¹ His contemporaries regarded him as Nova Scotia’s George Whitefield – as a powerful instrument of the Almighty, charismatic and uniquely spiritual. Historians in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been, almost to a person, overwhelmed by Alline’s mystical theology, his creative powers, and his unusual ability to communicate to others his profound sense of Christian ecstacy.

    Alline was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1748 and moved in...

  7. 2 Alline and New England and the Free Will Baptists
    (pp. 37-70)

    Henry Alline’s influence on the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick evangelical tradition was indeed significant–both in the short and long run. What is sometimes forgotten, however, is that the Falmouth preacher–perhaps indirectly–provided both spiritual shape and substance to what has recently been called the “New Light Stir”¹–a religious revival which swept through much of northern New England between 1779 and 1781. Moreover, Alline, at a critical moment, gave to the Yankee Free Will Baptist movement, in general, and to its founder Benjamin Randel, in particular, a ready-made theological system.

    It was a remarkable coincidence–to say the least–...

  8. 3 Alline, Maritime New Lights, and Baptists
    (pp. 71-106)

    Some seventy-five years after Alline’s death in New Hampshire, an especially acerbic Presbyterian critic was disturbed at the continuing influence being exerted throughout western Nova Scotia by Alline. “He is spoken of as an eminent minister of the gospel,” it was sadly reported in 1859, by thousands who were still convinced that he had done “more good by his labours than any minister that ever lived in Nova Scotia.”¹ Most of these Nova Scotians, of course, had never met Alline face-to-face, but their positive view of the Falmouth preacher had been largely shaped by an oral culture – a culture...

  9. 4 Revivalism and the Maritime Baptist Tradition
    (pp. 107-136)

    The evangelical style, it is clear, had a singular influence in shaping the contours of Nova Scotian religion during the century following the outbreak of the American Revolution. There were frequent religious revivals during this period, revivals which affected most Protestant Churches and most regions of the province. Not only were there revivals, there were at least three “major reformations” – as contemporaries referred to them – revitalization movements – to use Anthony Wallace’s suggestive terminology. These so-called “spiritual earthquakes”¹ – The First and Second Great Awakenings in particular – were the religious means whereby thousands of Nova Scotia New...

  10. Notes
    (pp. 137-150)
  11. Appendix A Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Baptists: Some Similarities and Some Differences: A Preliminary Probe
    (pp. 151-168)
  12. Appendix B Religion and the Population of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
    (pp. 169-172)
  13. Index
    (pp. 173-176)