Recurring Revivals in American History
Periodic Emergence of Great Evangelists
Followers of the Rev. William Franklin Graham, better known as Billy Graham, view his current crusade in New York City as the supreme test of his powers as an evangelist. Like many of his predecessors whose vigorous summons to be saved have stirred the American people in the past, Graham regards the metropolis as the citadel of sin and the most difficult stronghold to conquer for Christ, In his own words, he “wept, prayed and agonized” before accepting the city's challenge. But the Christian Century, critical of Graham's methods, editorialized on the eve of the crusade that “It simply cannot fail …because canny, experienced engineers of human decision have laid the tracks, contracted for the passengers, ...