Summer School on The Great Awakening

I know some people don’t think there was one, but here’s the scoop anyway.

Yale Divinity School announces a summer school:

The Great Awakening: Context and Text

June 18 – 22 9:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
Ken Minkema and Adriaan Neele
The Great Awakening of the eighteenth century marks the inauguration of the revival tradition in America. While George Whitefield, by virtue of his flamboyant itinerancy and its consequent influence on evangelistic method, may be called the “founder” of American revivalism, it was Jonathan Edwards who began the historical documentation and theological defense, which have sustained it as an ongoing tradition. His immediate sermonic reaction and reflections in various treatises show how Edwards initially made his case, and the fact that they are among the most widely reprinted and perennially popular writings of English-speaking Protestantism testifies to their historical importance. This course places the Great Awakening in (an international) context, and will pay ample attention to the primary source texts.

Instructors: Kenneth Minkema is the Executive Editor of The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale and a Research Scholar at Yale Divinity School. Adriaan Neele is Associate Editor of The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale, Research Scholar at Yale Divinity School, and Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa.

The school is $325. For those who would like to attend, here’s webpage:

If you can’t go but want data about some of this, here’s the reading list and syllbus for the course:

Mark Noll, The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys (IVP, 2010).
Wilson Kimnach et al, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God: A Casebook (Yale, 2010).
Day 1: Historical Context
Historical readings:
Johann Arndt, Warhe Christentum (1606), bk. I, ch. XIII
August Hermann Francke, [Account of Conversion, 1687]
Marie de L’Incarnation, Autobiography (1654), “The Thirteenth State of Prayer”
Modern interpretations:
Mark Noll, Intro, chs. 1-2
W.R. Ward, Protestant Evangelical Awakening, ch. 3 (on Salzburg)
Day 2: Eighteenth-Century Revivals
Historical readings:
Solomon Stoddard, Guide to Christ (1714), Preface
“Moravian Litanies Used in Bethlehem”
Theodore Freylinghuisen, sermon on Ps. 25 (1733) and on Josh. 24:21-22 (1742)
Jonathan Edwards, “An Account of the Late Wonderful Work of God” (1735), in Sinners Casebook, pp.
John Wesley, [Account of Conversion, 1738]
Modern interpretations:
Noll, ch. 3
David Ceri Jones, “’Sure the time here now is like New England’: What happened when the Welsh
Calvinistic Methodists read Jonathan Edwards?” in Jonathan Edwards and Scotland, ch. 3 Day 3: The Awakenings of the 1740s: Scotland and America
Historical readings:
Charles Chauncy, Enthusiasm Descried (1742)
Nathan Cole, Spiritual Travels, in Crawford, pp. 92-98
Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, in Sinners Casebook, pp. 33-50 Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography, pts. 11-12

“Justise Must Take Plase”: Three African Americans Speak of Religion in Eighteenth-Century New England,” The William and Mary Quarterly 56 (1999): 393-414.
James Robe, A faithful narrative of the extraordinary work of the spirit of God at Kilsyth (1742) [selection from beginning of “Cambuslang Wark”]
George Whitefield, Journal [selection(s)]
Modern interpretations:
Kimnach et al, Sinners Casebook, pp. 1-50
Noll, ch. 4
Susan O’Brien, “A Transatlantic Community of Saints”
Day 4: Unity and Division
Historical readings:
Jonathan Edwards, Some Thoughts Concerning the Revival (1743), in Sinners Casebook, pp. 96-101 Gilbert Tennent, The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry (1740), in Sinners Casebook, pp. 112-17 William Rand, The Late Religious Commotions in New England Considered (1743), in Sinners Casebook, pp.
Modern interpretations:
Noll, ch. 5-6
Day 5: Legacies
Historical readings:
Hugh Kennedy, A Short Account of the Rise and Continuing Progress of a Remarkable Work of Grace in the
United Netherlands (1752)
Isaac Backus, An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, Against the Oppressions of the present Day (1783) Charles G. Finney, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (1835), Lecture III
Handsome Lake (Ganio`dai’io`), Code (c. 1799)
John Marrant, A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black (1785) “Mother Ann’s Work at Pleasant Hill: The Career of Sarah Pool, Spirit Medium” (1837)
Joseph Smith, “Revelations” (1828-30)
Joanna Southcott, “Dispute with Satan” (1802)
Modern interpretations:
Noll, chs. 7-9
Dutch awakenings in 1750s; Fred van Lieburg, “Interpreting the Dutch great awakening (1749-1755),
“ Church History (June, 2008)
Suggested further reading:
Jon Butler, “Enthusiasm Described and Descried: The Great Awakening as Interpretive Fiction,”
The Journal of American History 69 (Sept.1982): 305-325.
Thomas Kidd, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America (Yale, 2009). Bruce Hindmarsh, The Evangelical Conversion Narrative
Harry S. Stout, The Divine Dramatist
Harry S. Stout, The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England
Frank Lambert, Inventing the Great Awakening
W. R. Ward, The Protestant Evangelical Awakening
W. R. Ward, Early Evangelicalism: A Global Intellectual History, 1670-1789.

2 Responses to Summer School on The Great Awakening

  1. J. Stapley says:

    I would so love to attend.

  2. Christopher says:

    Very cool. Nice to see folks like Handsom Lake, John Marrant, and JS getting included.

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