Movements of Awakening and Renewal

Designation: CHUR 7043

Renewal and revival movements have influenced both Protestant and Roman Catholic Church life since the Reformation. These movements were usually a reaction to what some perceived to be a lack of vibrant spirituality in the existing church. Some of the movements were turbulent in reaction to tradition, while others were quieter and their impact not so readily observed. All of the movements, in diverse regional, cultural, and denominational expressions, were an interplay of structural forces (tradition, organization, social context), personal influences (the impact of leaders), and, as some believe, divine power. Whatever the forms or explanations, these renewal movements forced change on the church and had an impact upon the society in which they developed.

Recommended Prior Study

  • Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History