This issue, the first in a three-part series, looks at the big picture of renewal and the marks of revival in church history, starting in an unexpected time– the High Middle Ages. Join us for an in-depth view of medieval revival in issue #149 of CH.
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This issue is the first in a three-part series that will look at the big picture of renewal in church history, focusing on four marks of revival:
• Popular (widespread)
• Transformative (asking for conversion)
• Institutionally unsatisfied (institution-questioning, institution-renewing)
• Devotional (emotionally charged)
But this issue doesn’t start where you might expect. Instead, it drops us into the High Middle Ages.
From very early on, Christians sought renewal. They did so by looking back to early church models and forward to a church and society transformed by a reinvigorated faith and a reinvigorated people. When we remove our unspoken assumption that revivals could only happen after the Reformation, and look at our four marks as criteria for calling renewal movements before the year 1500 revivals, we discover many movements fit the bill. Join us as we briefly look at Christianity’s first 1000 years and then take a more in-depth look at revival in the high and late Middle Ages, and conclude with the Reformation, the culmination of centuries of demands for reform.
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