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  • Writer's pictureLoniMoore

Guest Blog: Nannette Iatesta, my childhood friend whose blogs educate and entertain.

ASBURY long post…probably not appreciated by everyone

We live in troubled but intriguing times, no doubt about it. Before dismissing the news coverage of the Asbury “spontaneous revival” as it is being called, it would be good to take a look back at very similar movements and how they played out. I found this today from a piece in the 2007 Princeton Alumni Weekly. It is no secret that most all of our early bedrock private universities were born out of the first and second Great Awakenings...Princeton is no exception. This is not some plot to advance politics or Christian Nationalism…it is up close, personal and soul related. Most all of the early educational bastions have abandoned their faith and soul liberty inspired educational missions…we are witnessing the results of that now and the absolute chaos created because of it. My guess is that the results of Asbury just may very well be eternal and far reaching for many…. <3

Princeton Alumni Weekly

“It’s common knowledge that Princeton University was founded by proponents of the great revival movement, often called the “Great Awakening,” that swept the American colonies about 1725. The word “revival” refers to the quickening of the human heart to hear and receive the Gospel in a decisive way. Usually understood as the revitalization of an old faith grown stale and lax, “revival” came to be synonymous with an emotional, personal, and immediate recommitment to God in Christ. As you may imagine, the intensity of this movement had its supporters and detractors. The desire to provide for the training of clergy who would be shaped by revivalism led to the establishment of the College of New Jersey in 1746, and the rest is history.

Well, almost. It is often forgotten that Princeton was shaped once again by the second “Great Awakening,” which began at Cane Ridge in Kentucky in 1801 and touched most parts of the growing nation by 1820, continuing to flare and smolder well into the midcentury.”

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