Revivalism in the Colonies
“The Christian World is in a dead sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can awaken them out of it” (George Whitefield). A time of spiritual renewal, a time where the religious barriers were broken, a time known as the Great Awakening. This was such an important time in history, it swept the nation, and had a big impact on New England. When the Church of England was established as the Reigning Church of the country, the Great Awakening was put in motion. Religion became an unchanging routine, the people did not feel the connection to god anymore, so they began to put emotions into it, they spoke to god with their heart and soul. The Great Awakening was this time period of spiritual renewal, caused by tiresome religious routines. A few of the consequences created by the Great Awakening, were the loss of religious authority, a downfall in the Church of England, and the start of the American Revolution.
Due to the Great Awakening, people had this mindset that religious authorities did not apply to them. The colonists had this vision of freedom that caused them to stand up for themselves. People were now thinking for themselves, and had a mind of their own. If they did not like something the church was doing, or did not feel as if that church fit their beliefs, they would leave and find another one, or create new ones, simple as that. The colonists thought of themselves as being just as capable as their authorial figures. Jonathan Edwards, a man who congregated the idea that the most important impressions were the ones who felt god. According to Edwards, “Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire” (2). This was what people wanted to change, they wanted to pray with their hearts, and have that emotional connection with their religion. This is what fueled the people’s intolerance with the churches. The people had such a short span, and had their own expectations of how they believed religion should be practiced....
Cited: 1) "Basic Concepts of the First Great Awakening - Great-Awakening.com." Great-Awakening.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2014.
2) "Jonathan Edwards Quotes." , Page 3. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2014.
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