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Hngl?rHas Sent W.J. Daw
eon America While We
Haj Loaned Dr. R. A.
Trey to London to
?ry Forward a Great
/vivai Movement.
Ihe Results ?i-'
/'ready Attained.
R|i Rev, Richard 8. Nelson, Coadju?
tor /hop of Albany, N. _.', (Episcopal)
I be watched with deep Interest tho
unJil manifestations of religious nwnk
er,?- Iti vnilouspiirts of the world, nnd
?,?/spo..cd to regurd thftm its I?ivln. un
un??t'ikable ring of sincerity. Til3 .in
pj.nt thin/ for nil who havo the true
??l'Oste of Christianity at heart. Is fo
fijior this ?wakening and to guard It
nmst those extravagances whloh are
Jain to btlng about, a reaction."?* It
|/ time which calls for real leadership?,
il I sincerely hope that those Avho are
?t finali fled to guide and promoto a ru?
ral of religion will not fall Into the
,ror of standing aloof Ih cold suspicion
.lille tho hearts of men are being deeply
? ..Jbvod.
'71 am Inclined to think that tho strongost
? feature of the present movement Is to be
Intinti In tho oxprnssid desire oC mnny
/pooplo to engage !n practical Christian
/work. ? should hope that this revival of
/ energy might find a practical expression
' In organized efforts to inodi'fy the trend of
society toward'luxury and excessive seir
indulgenco. Selfishness Is the greatest
foo of religion, nnd If the promised awak?
ening shall strike at that root of sin, It
will help to lift thd world up to a higher
plane of living.. A revival which has not
Its fruit In genuine effort to benefit tlio
lives of others may end In a spiritual
?elflehncss as dangerous as that which
It seeks to remedy.
' C$U?Lam>rr7?u?a~* ?,
? By Rev. Albert T, Swing, Professor ot ,
Church History, Obcrlln Theological
?Seminary, Obolln.O.? Interest has been
/awakened and Is evidently being daily
{deepened in th? question of some kind of
revival of religion. Serious work Is only
beginning In loculi ties. In the country nt
j large there Is a general sense of need.
?The conservativo' lenders wnnt a revival
on tho older Unes in order that iho shaken
?faith of the churches may be restored.,
?Tho so-called new evangelistic leaders no
?less dealre a revival bt vital religion
! along the Unes of social righteousness.
[There Is tho feeling that the time has
j fully come for a'revival of the kind fu?t
"xth power In England and AVahj-v nnd Iti
t)s country in cities like Denver, along
t? well-known lines of evangelistic
reaching. Bub the now eA'angellsm seems
/ Involve a negation from this point of
low, us seen In not a few directions, dis
Irictly does not wish to undertake to
work 'for a revival of the Moody and
Chapman type, whero sin, r?demption
, end forgiveness are tho prominent ele
/ments of the preaching.
The feeling to be 0 wakened, If ono Judge
from present indications, is th" broader
sense of religion, sonshlp and brotherhood
end the meeting o'f social obligations; In
other words, pirsanal religi?n na sh.-vn
In social rlghteouB.-vJs- Both of th-?c
movements are, of course, hopeful, fcr
they spring out of a clear apprehension
ol a great national need, und they cer?
tainly Indicate ?-...strong revlvallstlc
?wakening ' throughout the whole coun?
try, they nre not. limited to denomination
or sections. That som*-'.ilng Is .to luippon
there can bo no doubt. It seems Increbl
ble that tho church.leaders In the various j
fields should have tveeii so slow in coming
Into action. They ni??? only, now, just
beginning to awake to ihe Immensity of
tho needs of the times. Whon they are
fully awako, the deferred now era in
tho rellgloous life of the churches will
bo ushered In. Tlio "revivals" which nro
beginning to apponr aro but tho surface
Indications of tho movement. It Is not
a more temporary shaking up, but a
general waking up of the national con?
science which will not bo put down. Re?
ligion in this country Is trying? to bo
come ethical. It has not learned Iho way
yet, but It will learn. When religion and
ethics both really.get on fire there Is
going to be a conflagration for which per?
sons outflldo ns woll as Inside tho churchou
are waiting with impatient desire.
By Lucien C. Warner, Chairman of the
International Committee of the Young
Men's Christian Association.?There are
several Indications pointing to nn exlun
elvo revival movement ovor this country.
One. of these Is the Increased Interest in
Bible study. In the Young Mcirs Chris
tinti Associations tho number of young
r/tcn studying the Bible hus moro than
doubled during tho-past two years,-and a
mnlliu* lncre'ase Is nl."o reported In the
i'oung AVomm's Christian Associations
nnd In many of ihe Situdny sclioi'la and
?Young People's Bocietie.?. With tne In
/ceaso In Bible study thoro has been a
I marked spiriiu.il increase in our i-burrlies
I and Christian orBonlz-ttioiis nnd a ?rcater
[ number olf roported conversions. In tho
! Young Men's Christian Association the
! call for eyangollstlo -.services has been
I greater than could' bo supplied. This is
I especially true of the . soven hundred
1 student associations organized In various
: colleges und schools of America,
I So far as l have observed tnu prosont
[ revival movemont, It has not rolled upon
elaborate arguments to provo the truths
of religion, but has been ah appeal to
I men and women to respond to tho call
if their- own conscience, nnd to do what
tioy know to bo tholr duty. This seems
? show that honest scepticism is not us
/r?vaient at the present time as it has
?eon In the past. .
; One of the results of this revival will
bo to,,_lvo-.lncr?_s?_,_*nphusls to the Ufo
?Of Christ as tho truofype of Christen
character. Many persons tiro drawn to
the life and teachings of Christ but
feel repellent toward the Christian
Church. This is especially tho uttltudo
o'f ninny of tho wago 'earning classes.
Wheii.such a breach exists it Is fatui to
human progress. 1 can but believe that
thu more natural nnd scholarly Interpre?
tation of.'tho Blblo tie given by mo'der.n
Interpreters will, lie holpt'ul In this di?
rection, Th? Hist stuteineuts| of modern
Bible, critics ? produced consternation in
tho mludsfof? many Christians, and for
? ?. time a-omp people fo feeblo faith felt
thnt the foundatlpps were slipping away,
but soon It-becamo apparent that It was
not t|ie'foundations, but only the worn??
out acaifoldlng whloh has disappeared,
ahd that tho true building of Christ wan
clearer, moro complete and mofo glorious
than before. For tile last few years th?
work of our best Rlblo critics has buen
constructive, not destructlyoi and it seems
to me that U1I3 revival Is one of tho first
'fruits of tbo broador vind truer Interpre?
By Samuel B. Capen, L.L. O., President
American Board of Commissioners for
Foreign Mlsslons.?It seems to mo that
conditions ate most favorable for a grout
religious awakening. Thero certainly Is
In this vicinity unusual Interest, meetings
tare being planned on a largo scale and
pastors and leading laymen are giving
much time and thought to them In vari?
ous ways. 1 believe It is true that this
movement Is touching more than some
of Its predecessors have the educated and
intellectual. M ri Dawson himself, be?
cause of his culture nnd reputation as a
scholar, comes naturally Into closer touch
?with such classes in society than would
bo possible .with many men. Tliero scorns
to bo all over our'nation ? growing In?
terest in religion, not In any narrow or
soctarlnn sense, but In the broadest and
fullest moaning of tlio word; Cod Is a
more real thought In tho lives of many.
By Rev. Dr. J. Addlson Henry, Mode?
rator, Presbyterian Cenerai Assembly,
Philadelphia.?Many thoughtful Christians
believe that Cod's set tltno to favor His
people Is now dawning, The great re?
vivals In England, tlio mighty work of
grace now sweeping through Wales like
a whirlwind, and tho'remarkable meet-,
ings which have been held In pur country
and In such cities as Atlanta, Birming?
ham; Terre Haute, Colorado Springs, Pu?
eblo and Denver, ull seem to Indicate that
God is not only willing to bless the peo?
ple In other lands, hut that He Is ready
to pour out His spirit upon our own coun?
try and our own church.
By Rev. Dr. A. H. Tuttle, Pastor ?. E.
Church, Summit, N. J.?It Is either a
great spiritual revival soon, or r?volu-:
tion in. the not distant future. The de?
cline of, the divino life In the hearts of
men is sure to be followed by ?discontent
and restlessness, which no material pros?
perity can satisfy. Indeed, that pros?
perity will only accentuate the evil which'
is sure to break forth in disastrous revo?
lution, such as occurred over a century
ngo In France, and such as threatens
Russia at this time. It was the Lutheran
revival that saved Germany, and the
AV'esley revival that saved England. It Is
doubt'ful whether our own republic would
havo survived its infancy, were it not for
the work of grace that spread over the
land In Its early history.
I believe that the revival Is coming
and tho reasons for my faith are: (1)
Tho fact that nearly every branch of tho
church recognizes the Imperative need,
and Its representatives are on their knees;
(2) pulpit ministrations are rapidly be?
coming more direct, earnest and spiritual
than for many years; (3) the revival fires
are already ablaze on thousands of altars.
. I purposely avoid setting my mind,on
any particular form which the coming
revival may take, lost 1 moke the mistake
of the Jews of Christ's time, who 'failed
to recognize him because he did not come
after the fashion of their expectations.
My prayer is for the seeing eyo and the
responsive will. !No two of the great his?
toric revivals have moved along exactly
tho same lines. Out of the Lutheran re?
vival came "sound doctrine.*' Out of the
AA'csloyan came "conscious Inner Hie."
Tho Moody revival emphasized "tho love
of God" and resulted In practical work
as embodied In tho X. M. C. A. Tho Ed
. wards revival, notwithstanding ho was
himself a vigorous dogmatist, resulted In
the release o/f.the conscience from the
slavery of dogma. It would be unsafe
to empirically forecast what God Is going
to do next.
By Right Rev, Chao. C. McCabe, Bishop
?. E. Church, Philadelphia. Chancellor
of tho American University.?There Is,
Indoed, a most encouraging awakening
upon the subject of revivals In this coun?
try. Everywhere 1 go, special meetings
are being held, aud groat success Is being ?
attained. We.have flvo hundred and fifty
presiding elders* districts in our church,
and I huvo every roason to think that
vthoro will bo at least' one thousand con?
versions In each district. It looks like
It now, The presiding elders and pastors
are striving together to lengthen tho cords
hnd strengthen tho stakes of our Zlon,
Muy Ood grant that tho movement may
po world-wide, as it was In 1857,
By Rev, Dr. William I. Haven, Secro?
tary American Bible Society: Certainly
tho movoments In Walos, In Liverpool,
and in Schenoctady, and one or two othot
polnts In this country, are oncouraglng
to nil who believe that a profound revival
of religion would be of untold blessing to
the people of tho American ropubllc, es?
pecially at this timo. It would quicken
every vital soctt.nhtorest and"^TOi?id set
in operation many ?ew and mighty agen?
cies for human benefit, Believing as I
do that the church In this country is
in healthful condition as a whole and la
giving Itself In a wonderful way to the
upbuilding of the Kingdom of God, having
no pessimistic outlook upon the presont
situation. I am nevertheless convincod
that a, grout waye of religious feeling
would be ft wonderful inspiration to the
church and would add to Its power and
efficiency? beyond,meqe'urti. ?.
I cannot lionostii* say, as 1 go to and
fro In tho country Visiting the diff?rent
sections, that I havo yet observed' suoh
real religious stirring among the people
Whence every' real revival must arise
to make mo believe, that we are yet Hi
From,Wales and London and half a dozen parts of oui4 oAvn count&y come-tile throbs of a great
religious awakening, ? ?;?-?,?
One hundred thousand conversions are reported from Wales,, and so deep and widespread is the re?
vival there that the police have nothing to do. petty crime has ceased to exist, old debts are being
paid, and for a time at least, there is an almost complete realization of the golden rule in all affairs
of dally life.
Torrey and Alexander,,the new "Moody and Sankey," have only begun their series of eighty
meetings in Albert Hall,,London, but they arc repeating the success they have had in Liverpool and
elsewhere. Thousands upon thousands, crowd their meetings, an unusual feature of which Is that the
highly emotional appeals that used to mark revival meetings arc entirely absent.
, London lias Dr. Torrey, of Chicago, \vc have Dr. DaAVson, of London. With Dr. Hillis, of Ply?
mouth ChurtCh, the latter has started a revival movement in the East, which promises to spread all over
the country. ,Dr. Dawson's meetings Avere preceded by local revival meetings in half a-dozen parts of
the country, from Schencctady to Denver.
In short, a torrent,of revivalism is SAveeping over tAvo continents. The revival spirit seems to
have aAvakencd simultaneously in th? old and new worlds. What does this portend? What may be
expected as a result of this?,widespread religious awakening? , These are the vastly important ques?
tions?questions every thinking man must now ask himself, which are answered here; by leading church?
men of all denominations in the United States, V
anything but a vory early morning of a
new day.
By'John H. Converse, President Bald?
win Locomotive Work?, chairman Pres?
byterian General Committee on General
Evangelical AAfork: Unquestionably, nil
Indications point to a most Important and
widespread revival movement in ' the
United States. All denominations aro
aroused, to the Importance of the work.
They are united cordially In the ono great ;
purpose of ' saving souls.' -Minor differ- ?
enees aro obliterated and questions of '
doctrine and church policy are laid aside
in vlow of the more Important evangelis?
tic object,
It Is for Christians to pray and work
and give, to promote this supreme' pur?
By Robert H. Gardiner, President of the
Council, Brotherhood? of St. Andrew;
There Is, G think, a very steady and sat?
isfactory Increase of Interest In religion
throughout, the country. ' The Brother?
hood of St. Andrew, which is based on
the principles of definite personal daljy
prayer and definite personal effort by In?
dividual laymen and boys for the spread
of tbe Kingdom of Christ, is ?feeling this
in a very, satisfactory way. There has
also, I think, boen a great awakening In
Interest In missions. The subject Is being
studied thoroughly, and wise and far
sighted methods are being better and bet?
ter carried out. The social conscience of
tho churches Is being stirred, and men
are seeing more and more clearly that
professed Christians can no longer be
content with trying to save , their owti
souls, but that Christ expect? them to es?
tablish here and now upon this earth ills
Kingdom of peace, and righteousness and
love. Asa consequence, sectarian divis?
ions are becoming less and less marked,
and the churches are seeing that Chris?
tianity Is a "religion, not of complicated
theology or ecclestosticlsm, but of? the
facts, of the Gospel. I am confident,
therefore, that we shall have a constantly
stronger and wiser effort to carry . the
Gospel message Into all the world and to
give to Christ's commands that definite
application to individual life; and to so?
cial problems which Ho meant them to
I should deplore anything like what
used to bo called a "revival movement,'
The excitement too often caused by such
movements was generally only temporary
In Its good effects, and frequently laot
ing In the Injurious results caused by the
Inevitable reaction. While there have
been many notable Instances of great (
3plrltue" gains by such revivals, yet the
most wholesome and permanent religious
progress has been through the gradual
upbuilding of the Christian clinracter.lt
seems to me that our most earnest effort
and prayer should be that of the Epis?
copal church In' Its beautiful confirma?
tion servleo, that tho child of God may
dally Increase In tho Holy Spirit more
and more until he come to tho everlast?
ing Kingdom.
Rev. Newell Dwlnht mills, Pastor of !
Plymouth Churoh, Brooklyn: The church
does not claim a monopoly of revivals.
Tho fourteenth century saw a revh'al
of learning; In the fifteenth century, thero
was a revival' of fine arts; In the six?
teenth century a revival of philosophy; In
the eighteenth century a patriotic revival,
'and now, in the twentieth century, wo
havo a revival ?f religion. Twenty years
ago the tides of faith were ebbing away;
now we see them coming In like a flood.
Men have discovered that tho sins of the
world are unbearable, and that without
the aid of God they aro unequal to their
trials and problems-If men would realize
God In their dally lives, they Avould
change partii Into a kind of heaven. All
men are beginning to fool, thoreforo, that
beforo wo go any further we had bettor
"got right with God," become good friends
with Josus Christ, straighten out the
record, and do unto others us we would
havo others do unto us.
Rev, Wm, Elliot Qrlffle, Educator Au?
thor and Clergyman, Ithaca, New York:
Our people soom, In many places, to have
been debauched by material luxury anil
selfish plonmirea, and their consciences
to havo boon lulle?! Into stupefaction by
that traditionalism which Josus, tho great?
est critic of dead scholasticism, denounced
Jn fiery terms., 1 do not seo. any signs
of a roylval of medieval nations which
professional rovivnlista trick out under-tito
name of "tho plain old-fashioned gospel,"
but I believe thero , Is a deep hunger
nmong men to knyow y what Jesus really
taught and laid emphasis upon. A fer?
vent and appealing man, with ???? genius?
for Invitation, must be the pioneer and
forerunner, as was John tho Baptizor?
Thero can be no true revival?that is, one
without harmful reaction?unless the true
teacher and pastor leads. What Chris?
tians In the church and the average man
on the street need.is sound and continu-,
ous and upbuilding Instruction. The world
hungers for that gospel which both the
Orienta" and Occidental man, learned and
unlearned, can receive. The soonor the
Groek and Latin Incrustations on the
Christ's sweot gospel ?f;the fatherhood of
God arc stripped from Jesus, the bettor
for that great advanceyin personal right?
eousness, for which the ages wait and
for which this, age seems providentially
prepared. May a fresh morning of Chris?
tianity dawh soon again.
Right Rev. William A. Leonard, P.'.B.
Bishop of Ohio, Cleveland: If God,
tiie .Holy Ghost, .so wills, the re?
vival of souls dormant, and the con?
viction of sinners .will ...be effected, in
His time and way. For.euoh.a Pentecos?
tal operation every earnest Christian will
pray, The conversion of "a nation in a
day" is, within His' power; and if it be
the ; Divine desire, there can bo no ques?
tion as to the results In our own land and
' ' One of those religious
upheavals trtiich have
periodically ;JfiUe?l the
Christian world" since
Pentecost is now in its
morning and the high
noon is not far off."
?Dr, Reuben A. Torrey.
r^^toc & Arnu^eC
everywhere'. AA'e may p*ead with Him for
such'a consummation.
By Rev. W. Merle Smith, D. D., Pas?
tor Central Presbyterian Church, New
York: New ; York city Is the last place
to feel revival movements, but I am ob?
serving with great pleasure reports? of
blessings here and thero, and greatly de?
sire the widest possible extension of these
great awakenings. Many are hoping and
praying for a blessing here.
Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Dick, Pastor Trin?
ity M. E. Church, AVorce^ter, Mass,:
There Is an atmosphere of revival abroad.
AA'e feel It in New England. It seems to
bo all over this section. The conditions
In A\roVcester Indicate ? revival at band.
Three ehurchos here have united In a
serles of meetings to last ton days. The
first meeting was hold in my church,
and twelve hundred people crowded Into
the church; hundreds of peoplo expressed
a desire to live a better Christian llfo,
and a largo number of unconverted peo?
ple began a Christian life. The pastors
are doing tlio preaching themselves. I
believe wo are entering upon a period
of great rollglous awakening. It will
take tho form of Intellectual ovangellsm,
whore serious thoughtfulness will play a
greater part than emotional demonstra?
tion. The rosult will be the salvation
of a multitude of people throughout the
land, a quickening of the moral conscious?
ness, a deepening of tho spiritual Ufo ot
'tho people and a largo Increase in church
Rlflht Rev. John Scarborough, P. E,
Bishop of Now Jersey, Trenton; Like
many others, I am hoping the prediction
ot a tidal wave of religious fervor may
come true. I havo seen Indications of It
In tho newspapers/but In my experience
I have thus far soen few, if any, signs
of awakening that might bo counted as
out of the' ordinary course of things.
I havo seen predictions mode, not a few;
but solid facts that are tangi?lo and
real, I haA'e not yet seen. ? am waiting
and hoping llko many others, but God
alone knows what is In store for the fu?
By Right Rev. M. Edward Fawcett, P.
E,, Bishop, Qulncy, ill.:- There Is a vast
difference between tho-Torrey-Alexander
crusade In London and tho spontaneous
and really deep-reaching movement in
Wales. Thero Is small. Indication before
rriy eyes of any such a work
In, this land as in Wales. Wo
need revival, but not, such as re?
sults from tho common "revivalist
mehts, and not tho kind that expends It?
self1 In tirade against comparative trifles
and! works superficially upon tho outward
deportment alone. The mere arousing
and stirring of tho emotions, unaccom?
panied \by the repentance that forsakes
sin, ,is exceedingly- harmful. ,1 .believe
that ' the .world Is entering upon an era
of better murals, and, perhaps, a bettor
yj, umici jjiwi a-?, - u-iiu, peuiuiiiii IL UUILUJ
conception of Christianity, but that "re?
vivalist movements" will have small part
In the matter, ??
By Rev, Charles Edw, Cheney, Hector
ot Christ's Church, Chicago: There are
most hopeful- signs, which give to me
and perhaps' to others?more encourage?
ment than; wo havo had In many years
past. The simple fact that groat awaken?
ings have taken place this winter, not
! only on tho other side of the Atlantic,
but In Denver and elsewhere In tills coun
I try, certainly shows that ."God's hand la
j not shortened that He cannot: save." But
what Is more encouraging Is the fact that
some Christians of great Influence are
beginning to wake up to a realization
that Intellectually, education and .culture,
are not .necessarily the heart and soul of
religion. The bane of the church for some
years past has been the dream that In
order fo gain the support of the educated
and Intellectual classes of society, tho old
fashioned Gospel of Jesus; Christ', Avlth'Its
definite preaching of human siri,??'of the
love of Christ expressed in His atoning
sacrifice."on the cross, rimst bo. kept out'
of sight.
That, so distinguished an Intellectual
rind literary mah as Dr. Hlllls should have
?recently avowed himself as bolng on. tho
side of ? frank return to tho old Gospel,
Is one of the most refreshing facts that
I know. And, last; of all, I. gather en?
couragement from the fact that there
Is a widely pervading feeling that we are
on the verge of such a blessing. At such
timos Christians are led to pray, to band
themselves'together In circles of prayor,
and never has a revival. yet occurred in
Christian history which had not such lit?
tle unadvertlsed and unannounced privalo
meetings to seek God, as tho fountain
head of spiritual blessings.
By Rl_ht Rev,1 Geo. F. Seymour, P. 13.
Bishop, Springfield, 111?: Movement Is bet?
tor than stagnation. "A revival" Is
movement in the sphere of religion. It
contemplates ns Its subjocts those *vho
are dead In tholr trespasses and sins,
qr those who are asleep In 'their lives
o respectable worldltness and ease and
self-indulgence. It contemplates a resur?
rection from tho death of sin; an arous?
ing from tho torpor of practical Infidelity.
In general terms, therefore, wo may sny
that we welcome a revival. It Is a hope?
ful sign. It Is a spiritual movement; it
arouses tho attention and draws It awny
from tho things which nro seen to'tho
things which aro not soon.
Never hae thero been greater need for
this clarion cnll to men; that thero Is a
higher life (.thnn, mere earthly existence
and a bettor Avorld than this In whloh
avo now sojourn, than thero Is at the
beginning of .this twentieth century. The
powor of materialism has boen reinforced
by helpers, Avhlch rondor Its Influence a
thousand times more mighty than It has
ever been before, InA'ontlons and dis?
coveries liavo combined to mako this
earth a borne of easo nnd comfort, nay,
ive may say, a palace of dollghtB, within
the last fifty years, Tho spoil has bo
AVltched men, and thoy are content to
stifle the voice of conscience and close
the oyes of the soul nnd bo satisfied Avlth
what thoy havo to-day, and lot tho fu?
turo provide for Itself.
A rude a'A'ttkonlng from this dream of
Rev, Dr. Francis E. Clark, President United Society of Christian Endeavour, Boston,
I.heartily agree with the statement that the world js awakening to its religious needs as sel?
dom before in all its history. The simultan eotis revivals "which have broken out iti Wales, in
London,'in Bulgaria, in Burma, and at the same time in Schenectady and Denver in this coun?
try, nnd iiV'many other places which might be named, while accompanied by varying manifest*",*?
tious, anf4-'?tjpd by different leaders?sometimes, apparently, by no human leader at all, indicate
that menare tired of materialism ancj commercialism of the past and that they are looking
eagerly formanifestations of the power of the Spirit of G?d. These, I believe, will be given
throughout the Avorld Avher?ver people are prepared in their hearts to receive them. What we
have already seeji,is only an earnest of the great religious ?Avakening Avhich G believe* is on the
way, > *
ultimate seeurlty must come. Perhaps It
has c?nio, or Is coming/ AVar? and rumors
of wars, the unrest Of nations, tlio strug?
gles or the oppressed and downlroddon
against the tyranny of the strong,,?which
Is rooted In the cchturloe which are gone,
Men's hearts heaving with anxiety, and
on the way of falling,them foi?.fear. All
this predisposes to look within,?"? to ask
serious questions, to fool?the shock which
loosens tho grip of materialism and sug?
gests spiritual realities.
Ono of tho forms, whloh this awaken?
ing may tako le lho religious revival, and
In general terms, as a movement in tho
right direction, wo welcome It as a hopo
fui sign and nro glad that it Is hero.
What we desire when wo descend tp par?
ticulars Is, that tho' revival should rest
upon suro, solid foundations, and be
guided and controlled by strong hands
and well Instructed heads, and souls? fill?
ed with tho spirit of God.
-.: ,? .
By Rev,. Dr. J. P. Landls, Professor
Union Biblical Seminary, Dayton, Ohio:
I bollavo a great religious awakening?
revival?Is at our doora.
1. There is and has boon among the
churches a strong deslro for, a deep and
widespread revival. Thero have boon largo
praying bands, pledged to dally prayer
for this object.
, There Is an extensive expectation of
a revival,' not simply a wish and long
lng,*but an earnest looking for It, This is
about the same ns saying that there is
a. widespread faith that this is coming,
and not; far off.
Tlie fact of tho remarkable revivals
In Australia, AValos and England, con?
firms this faith and stimulates the prayer
of hope.
4, The considerable rovlvals under way
In our own country, as In Schenectady,
Denver and olsewhero as also tho move?
ment under tho leadership, of Dr. Hlllls
and Mr, Dawson, -froint In'the same'direc?
tion, and encourage hope and faith In th?
ministry and the membership of the '
By Rev, M. Rhodes, Pastor St. Mark's
Evangelical Lutheran, Church, St. Louis:
I am happy to say that your olty, has not
been proof against the pervasive Influ?
ence of the spiritual quickening, now, so
marked In some.parts of tho world.
So far, there has been a decided In?
creaso of interest among our mitils?ors.
It was ovldent when a company,of por
haps forty or moro met "for prayer, to be
followed by a like meeting a week hence,
The general feeling is, that each pastor
shall be his own evangelist. There l? ?
widespread conviction that the reaction
from a', dominating'.materialism and ?a
heartless indifference to things spiritual
has set In. Multitudes are woary of the
waste of sin,: and of the spare fare and
empty pretense of unbelief and forgetful
ness of God. There Is enough, wo are
suro, to warrant us In saying, that the sot
time to favor Zion has come. The tre?
mendous,responsibility rests with the min?
isters and people of God. The outlook is
Dr. G. B. Wlnton, Editor Christian Ad?
vocate, Nashville, Tonn.: I am, Indeed,
glad to clierlsh tho hope, not yet amount?
ing, however, to a conviction, that wo are
entering even now upon a period of ro
Uglou8 a-wakenlng. The widespread and
deeply moving upheavals of this kind,
which have sometimes ta?en placo, obey
laws that are comparatively obscuro. Per?
sonally, I believe sincerely in the doctrine
that they aro direct activities of God's
Spirit. I hasten to add, howeypr, that I
bcliovo also that that Spirit is ever ready,
and only awaits a "convenient season" In
tho thoughts and purposes of men. For
several reasons I suspeat that tbo present
Is suoli a season. These are to be found
In tho marked roactlon, notable in our
day, against two or three influences pe?
culiarly hostile to religious fervor.
First, In tho theological world.. Tho
attacks on the Integrity of tho Blblo have
virtually failed. The Christian world, af
' ter a period of profound uneasiness be?
causo of destructivo biblical criticism on
tho one hand and the Inroads of ma?
terialistic science on tho other, has Bot?
tled back to Its confidence that the essen?
tial truths of revelation are Impregnable
The point of view In regard to many
; theological doctrinos has changed,' but tho
I firm foundation standoti! sure. This ro
I Hot of mind will naturally bo followed
? by a good deal of emotional satisfaction.
j Another reaction, no less marked, Js
, against tho selfish, money getting spirit
? that has recently so threatened our. na?
tional life. Tha agitation against tho
abusos of wealth, tho fr|vollt|os of "so?
ciety," tho disgraceful Immoralltlos of tho
"fast sot," ugalnst divorce, against irre?
ligious education, is a feature of pabilo
thought, an attttudo of tho publie mind,
whioh seems to me of deep significance,
It moans that thero Is ronowed emphasis
upon tho verities of the eplrit life and
upon morality as of the essence . of re?
ligion. Tho marked spirit of unity among
tho several branches of tho Christian
church is another notablo fact of our day,
as Is their deep intoroat In tho cause of
missions, at homo aud abroad.
Every one of those facts is ot a nature
to proporo tho way for a great revival.
?A ?i*t*j*Z(faaJ
By Right Rev. Eugene R. Hendrlx, Bish?
op M, E. Church, South, Mo.: Tho ex?
tent of thl? movement In given lociilltlts
will depend largely on 'how faithfully it
is followed up during tho next few mouths
so that the minds of the peoplo shall be
preoccupied with. spiritual things. It
would seem tp be & fitting thing for Chris?
tians of all denominations; especially in
our towns and cities, to aid in creatili*?;
a wholesome religious atmosphere by a
general observance of the next few weeks
in earnest rellglou_ effort, 'they may not
call it tho Lenten season or observe the
holy days in the way usually dune by
some ol pur churches who Ualltuully keep
Famous Divines a??d Church
Workers Interpret the Mean?
ing of the Wonderful Relig?
ious Enthusiasm Re?
ported from Wales,
England, America
and Other Parts
of the World.
Lent, but they may fitly use those weeks
for revival services and ,?'? help to 'pre-,
occupy tho minds of tlio people with the?,
great religious verities."'? Groat revivals
are from God, tho Lord of tho harvest, but.?,
only thoso communities can hope for thorn
who pray for them and. who use the.
wisest moans to bring them about,
By Right Rev. O. P. Fitzgerald, Bishop
M. 3?). Church, South, Tonn.: Tbo moat'
notable feature of the-revival movement
In tho United States Is'Its spontaneity. I
bellevo It Is tho breath of God. Take.th?;
wonderful work at Denver, for example.,
Nothing like it could take place In or?
dlnary times. Nothing like It could have
beon planned by human agenoy.
Hero this' samo; feature ot spontaneity!
Is graciously apparent. The fartou?
brandies of tho Church of Christ aro
coming closer together In blessed fellow??.
ship. Individual believers.?to drawn neat**?"-'
er to one another In the Conu__alan ol
Saints, Co-operative effort is moT*
hearty. Here, ae in other places, tha com?
munlty In genoral is more solemnly re
sponslvo to tho appeal? of ? the Gospel,
There seems to bo more or less of * ex*?'!
clous stir that is felt In all cirolee of
so clcty. This work Is the Letti!? : work, ?
and it le marvelous In our eye* Hie
hand Is stretched forth. He Is J_%htjf
to save. The people are trilline.
,-- By. Rev, I. Menoh chamber?, Pasto?
First Presbyterian Church, Merchant*?!??
N, J.t Thero seems to bo a movem?_t of
tho Holy Spirit working beneath the ?ur
foco of mon's'lives with evISent poatttv??
ness and power. Wfx may not be able
as yet to count results, bat can ?_4n
record Impressione and sisme whsr? the
truth, sometime or other reoeived, I? mak?
ing a vigorous effort to _ermlnate. At?
tendance upon the -meat?? of space barn l*.
creased tho past year in many fields, and
a deeper and more vital Interest In tilings
which are divine and whloh malt? for
manhood and cleaner life, aro ope?ly man?
ifest. God's people -'are praying for *??:
revival, whore ?, ardent fires at various
points of the olrournferenoe of the Churoh
have already been kindled, and ,*W_Ich'?
everywhere show evidence of spreading
toward the very center'of.'the world's ?
heart. Faith and prayer upon the part of
the consecrated and faithful are ?t pr?s-/
ent touching tho sympathy of the Christi,
whoso outflow of saving power Is sure to'?.'
work tho miracle of the ages within, the
soul of humanity. . I behove that the
time of wonderful spiritual refreshing is
on Its way. ". .' ,,:
By William H. P, Faunce, A. M,, D. D.,
President Brown University, Providence,
R, J. : The present religious revival ahowa
two ' things olearly?
First. That man is incurably religious.
Great mat?rial prosperity or great ma?
terial distress may for a'time-push'the.;
physical sido of life Into the foreground
and hide the deeper needs of the soul.,
But Inevitably the hunger of the hu-*r
man spirit reappears and the soul "thirst-,
eth for God." The religious man U sim?
ply the complete man; the Irreligious
man Is a fragment, lacking, in full hu?
Secondly: That modern scholarships 1?
furnishing now and powerful aids to' the
religious life. The center of Interest la
no longer In physios and cfiomlstry; no '
longor Is biology, but In psychology ?and '
the social sciences. But theso have ta '?'.
do diroctly with man's Inner,Ufo. Psyohol- ,?.
bgy hns within ton years fully Juatlfled
the phenomena of conversion, and con?
vinced the solontlfio world that Spiritual ?
experience Is no land of mist and moon?:
shine. Biblical.study haa removed a thou- !
sand difficulties to faith by frankly adopt-?1
ln_ tho historical method. The ohlef.
evangelista of our time, mioTt as Dwlght-,
?j, Moody, Henry Drummon?* and W. tf.
Dawson. aro showing us that tfie ne*w
conceptions of God and man can be -made
as directly tributary to Intenso religious
fervor as'tho lurid conceptions of a for?
mer generation. Soon we shall achieve
tho great desideratum of tlio ago?the
union of candid, patient scholarship with
genuine- evangelistic and missionary seal.
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