Christian Revolution by Mark Shaw (Book Report Sample)
Book Report on the book, Global Awakening: How 20th-Century Revivals Triggered a Christian Revolution by Mark Shaw. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2010, 221pp.
The review focus on some brief content of the book, and then extensive critiques of the book. Finally, the paper analyzes the books strengths and weaknesses.
Mark Shaw work on Global Awakening presents a perfect discussion on historical and sociological aspects of religion. The book is a Christian work which Shaw has managed to argue out the philosophy of religion and its systematic theology. The author has centred on the theme of evangelical resurgence and how it has revived Christianity in the 20th-century. The author has tried to highlight on how Christianity has survived within the threat of secularism. Additionally, the author has explained a set theoretical framework that can be useful for analyzing revivals. For example, personal liberation from sin, radical community and the manner in which individuals have achieved evangelical activism and spiritual dynamics in which Christians undergo through eschatological vision. Morever, Shaw has discussed three major sections, and that is cultural dynamics, exchange of power to new leadership, and aspect of indigenization. Shaw labored to defend his thesis by outlining the 20th-century Christianity revival period using the theoretical framework and analysis tools. The paper seeks to review Shawâ€™s overall work on Global Awakening. The review will focus on some brief content of the book, and then extensive critiques of the book. Finally, the paper will analyze the books strengths and weaknesses.
On the discussion of evangelical revival, Shaw has supported his argument by giving the causes of these revivals. According to Shaw, while analyzing Christianity revival, three historical stages can be taken into consideration. The first phase is where ancient leadership and forms of spiritual aspects appear insufficient. The second phase is the paradigm phase where contemporary new leaders emerge in the form of movements. The final phase is the power stage where reactionaries attempt to offer a challenge to the new movements. In the context, reactioneries represent the governments or any radical opponents within the revival movement itself. Both the devine attention and human factors prompts some element of care in these revival movements.
Shawâ€™s thesis comes out so clear in his narration of the on Christian revival movements in the 20th-century all over the world. These movements include the Korean Revival that resurge in 1907, covered in chapter two, Aladura Nigeria Revival the occurred in 1930 covered in chapter three. Shaw also presents the Indian revival that transpired in 1920s and 1930s at Dornakil. He also dicussed on the East African revivals that dominated mostly in Uganda in the year 1940s.The infamous American Revival that happened during the latter half of the century, and the Brazilian revivals that commenced in the 1970s. Finally, Shaw covered the latest revivals that happened in Ghana in the 1990s and the infamous Chinese House Church movements in chapter 8 and nine respectively. The entire series of revivals indicates that these revival movements were palpable by Christians all over the world hence a global phenomenon.
In all these revivals, Shaw argues that global revivals are in the center-most position of the worldwide resurgence o...