In the mid-1700s, the Great Awakening revived and reformed religion by creating a new intensely-emotional approach to Church teachings. New Light preachers added a much needed jolt to this religious slump of boring and uninspiring sermons. They rivaled, and served as serious competition for the traditional “Old Light” teachers. However, was the Great Awakening a key contribution to the American Revolution? I can agree, but, the true answer is indecisive. Whether the “Awakening” did or did not influence independence in America, this new wave of religious freedom is with no doubt an important landmark in history. Despite disagreeing to this next opinion, the “supposedly” ineffective relationship between the Great Awakening and the revolution is supported with heavy content. According to some, this religious involvement was merely, as Jon Butler puts it, an “interpretative fiction”. This states that the Great Awakening was a meaningful symbol with no valid reference; it had “more talk, and less substance”. Butler also argues that historians took “revivals having little connection” and unified them into one big affair. When merging with the world of politics, Church leaders failed to spread religion because of failure to defend it. They never supported the Awakening with “factional alignments” (historical evidence) and even failed to show strong “discontent with the imperial relationship”. Some rebellious factions like Samuel Ward’s and Stephen Hopkins’s in Rhode Island, and several New York resistance parties, were never linked to the Great Awakening. Defiance groups against Britain were already established without the help of a religious influence. The arguments that supported this “enlightenment” weren’t convincing enough to influence such a revolt.
Nevertheless, the Great Awakening inspired a new freely independent way of religious and political thinking in British-America either way. Ezra Stiles was an American clergyman who worried about an imminent
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The First Great Awakening versus the Second Great Awakening
When trying to define the great awakening, one would say it’s a period of time that consisted of numerous religious revivals that took place in American colonies during the 18th and 19th century. A revival is an upturn in the state or strength of something. However, when talking about the great awakening a revival is used in a spiritual context because it means an escalation in spiritual….
The Great Awakening
By the early 1700's religion had begun to slack in the colonies. Partly because many of the
colonists were starting to worry more about personal riches than their own religious observances.
It began after the religious developments in Europe as new ministers started arriving and
spreading their word. One of the principal figures in the Great Awakening was Jonathan
Edwards. Edwards is known for his "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" sermon. In it….
What did Great Awakening reveal about 18th century social and economic trend? Does America today a Great Awakening?
According to dictionary.com Awakening is the act of waking from sleep, revival or interest of attention, a recognition, a realization, or coming into awareness of something or renewal of interest of religion, especially in a community; a revival.
The continuous spread of different denominations, religious indifference as well as rivalry that existed in the 18th century church or….
For us to see the significance of the religious revivals known as the “Great Awakening,” we need to take a brief glance as to what caused it to happen. Going back into the 17th century, we will notice that fighting has ceased between political and religious leaders. This is due to the fact that the Church of England has come to establish a State religion. As a result of an establishment of a State religion, other religions such as Catholicism, Judaism and Puritanism were repressed. While having….
The Great Awakening
Religion had begun to decline in the New World colonies. This was especially evident in the pioneers, who had no ministers to teach sermons or perform religious ceremonies. Many felt they were descending into a “primal” or “sinful” life much like that of the Native Americans. These feelings are what led to the beginning of the Great Awakening.
There were a few key “players” in the Great Awakening. Jonathan Edwards, a minister in Massachusetts, was one of these men. He took it….
Written Assignment 2
THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING AND
SOCIAL REFORM MOVEMENTS
HIST101, American History to 1877
August 12, 2012
At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, there was a sharp decline of religion within America. America economy was starting to grow stronger and Americans were trying to capitalize, focusing more on personal gain rather than spiritual gain. However in the early 19th century Americans began to experience a renewed spiritual interest. This interest developed….
The first Great Awakening was a religious movement among the colonies in the 1730's and the 1740's. The movement was needed because of the substantial decrease in the amount of members in the church. The Puritans had "lost its grip" on society. When the New Massachusetts law of 1691 allowed colonial Americans to worship freely and the right to vote, colonist were overwhelmed that they discarded what might be in store for them in the future. The Puritans lost faith developing a taste for material….
The Great Awakening was when religion was sweeping throughout New
England with more conversions and church membership. This spiritual
awakening took place from 1735 up until 1745. (Brief Outline Notes on the
Great Awakening, 1735-45 ) Most of this had taken place within the American
Colonies, especially New England.(McCormick, pars. 9) . The Great Awakening
had many causes, however the consequences benefitted many.
Many people were moving farther and farther away from religion, the
The Great Awakening
The Great Awakening was a watershed event in the life of the American people. Before it was over, it had swept the colonies of the Eastern seaboard, transforming the social and religious life of land. Although the name is slightly misleading--the Great Awakening was not one continuous revival, rather it was several revivals in a variety of locations--it says a great deal about the state of religion in the colonies. For the simple reality is that one cannot be awakened unless….
The Great Awakening was a movement of religious revival that swept throughout the American Colonies during the 1730’s and 1740’s. This movement brought people back to spiritual life with powerful messages of salvation. Before the Great awakening crossed over to the American Colonies, it all began in England when all religions were repressed because the Church of England was the primary religion of the country. There is no doubt that the Great Awakening significantly impacted religion and democracy….