Few, probably, are aware of that awful deterioration of religious views, feelings and practice which has swept over New England within the last thirty or forty years, and which threatens to sweep away every thing worthy the name of religion. One thing is certain. Unbelief is the order of the day; the fatal malady of the age. That religion which our pilgrim fathers brought with them, which they cherished as their dearest possession, and which they grasped to their hearts in life and death, is, by thousands of their descendants, ignored, or denied, or treated with neglect or contempt.Given the stoic, unemotional, skeptical, stubbornly self-reliant, and fiercely private nature of typical New England culture, it is a miracle the Great Awakening happened in the first place. And it will be a miracle if it happens again.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
New England's Return to Slumber
When did the Great Awakening die out? When did New England return to sleep? David Wallace was charting the dryness back in 1856 in his Theology of New England.
Posted by Jared at 11:03 PM