There were four major “Great Awakenings” each lasting approximately 100 years in length. Each “Great Awakening” has a cycle, which shows us various technological advances and human abilities to cope with various ethical and practical difficulties that these technological advances bring. These “Great Awakenings” are a combination of both religious and political revivals.
The “First Great Awakening” occurred somewhere between 1730 and 1830 and set The United States on a course towards spiritual growth and national identity. It began in England and soon spread across the Atlantic. The Methodist minister George Whitfield teaches the colonists about God the judge, Christ the King, and the ever-loving God who is ready to save anyone who lifts their heads towards heaven. Evangelists also begin teaching that many may be predestined to salvation. Revival meetings emphasize the spiritual rebirth. The revivalism brought people closer to God, as they began to see that they could develop their own spiritual life. The colonists began to realize that they held their spirituality in their own hands. They... [continues]
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