Journal of Discipliana

Document Type

Book Review


In August of 1801, a Presbyterian pastor in rural Kentucky hosted an annual communion event that would turn into a massive camp meeting and revival that crossed denominational, ethnic/racial, and gender boundaries. That event is known as the Cane Ridge Revival and it helped launch the Second Great Awakening, which swept across the frontier before it turned back toward the east. The Great Western Revival, of which Cane Ridge was one of the most important contributors, has its origins in the late eighteenth century and continued well into the nineteenth century. The name of that Presbyterian pastor was Barton W. Stone, who would go on to become a central figure in the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement. While Stone has lent his name to the movement, he has always seemed to live in Alexander Campbell’s shadow. While that may be true, there has always been an undercurrent to the movement that traces its lineage back to Stone. Perhaps it is time to reconsider and reclaim that legacy for our time. That especially includes looking closely at Cane Ridge.