Campus Aflame: A History of Evangelical
Awakenings in Collegiate Communities
If there was ever a time when our academic communities needed to spiritually wake up, it is now. That God has over the centuries graciously brought revival to colleges and institutions around the world is clearly shown in this stirring account of campus awakenings. First covering the evangelical heritage of education, early evangelical revival, and the dark period following the American Revolution, Orr leads into a fascinating discussion of many collegiate awakenings after 1800, both in the states and abroad. Final chapters are given to the pattern and theology of college revivals.
Few in the history of the world have ever studied this theme as carefully as J. Edwin Orr. Perhaps even fewer have cared so much and prayed so long to see it happen again and again. In editing and reissuing the only scholarly account of college revivals ever published, it is our hope and prayer that each reader will be moved to seek God for another season of revival on our campuses. May this volume make you thirsty for more of Him!.
the Editor: "There was a time when
all higher education in the United States, and much elsewhere, consisted
of Christian colleges. Yet today, there are more institutions that were
once evangelical and now are not that those truly committed to Christ and
His kingdom. The motto at Harvard was almost identical with the current
motto at Wheaton. Williams College, which knew so much of revival in the
nineteenth century, could hardly be thought of as evangelical today."
From Campus Aflame: "The service that started at nine a.m. on Thursday continued uninterrupted throughout the day and into the night. Few left the chapel, and hundreds prayed all night. Crowds returned after six a.m., and so it continued all Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when many attended the local Wilmore churches. After midnight Sunday, the dean requested the young ladies to retire to their dormitories, where group meetings went on; the young men stayed in the chapel. It was not until seven a.m. on Tuesday, March 1 that the chapel service concluded. It had gone on for 118 hours. Throughout the rest of the week, capacity crowds filled the auditorium, and hundreds sought a spiritual experience of God."