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Revive Us AgainThe Reawakening of American Fundamentalism$
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Joel A. Carpenter

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195129076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129076.001.0001

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Youth for Christ

Youth for Christ

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(p.161) 9 Youth for Christ
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Revive Us Again
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Joen A. Carpenter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129076.003.0010

The Youth for Christ phenomenon was the first sign that the revival of revivalism, which had been percolating deep within the fundamentalist movement, was finally breaking out into public view. The people who designed and promoted these rallies were not the recognized godfathers of fundamentalism but a coalition of youthful, relatively unknown evangelists. The rallies blended fundamentalists and other evangelicals into a broad coalition and showed how the movement might win a valued place once more in the public life of the nation. The Youth for Christ movement and the larger revival impulse that lay behind it were driven by two intense desires: for public respect and for spiritual awakening.

Keywords:   Word of Life, Youth for Christ, fundamentalist youth movement, evangelical revivalism

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