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The Great Awakening

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Ramata Franklin

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of The Great Awakening

The great awakening was a spiritual renewal that swept the American colonies, particularly New England, during the the first half of the 18th century. What was the Great Awakening? When did it occur? This spiritual renewal occured around the 1730's to 1760's Why did it occur? In the late 17th century England ,fighting between religious and political groups came to a halt with the Glorious Revolution of 1688, an event which made the church of England as the reigning church of the country. Other religions such as Catholicism, Judaism, and Puritanism, were subsequently suppressed. From a political perspective , this led to stability since everyone now practiced the same religion. Instead of a positive reinforcement for religious belief in general, it brought upon complacency and spiritual "dryness" among believers. Religion became something of a pastime in which people would just "go through the motions", during religious services/ church without deeply felt convictions of the heart and soul. It was only after decades of this kind of complacency in New England and the American Colonies that the spiritual "revival" of the Great Awakening came about. THE GREAT AWAKENING How did it effect the U.S Through the awakening , the colonists realized that religious power resided in their own hands , rather then in the hands of the Church of England, or any other religious authority. After a generation or two passed of this mindset the the colonist came to realize that political power did not reside in the hands of the English Monarch. By 1775 even though the colonists did not share the same theological beliefs, they did share one thing, a vision of freedom from British Control. Jonathan Edwards Important People Jonathan Edwards was one of the leading preachers associated with the first great awakening. He was a christian preacher and theologian. Edwards is acknowledged to be America most greatest intellectuals. He delivered the sermon " Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God", a classic of early american literature. He is well known for his books. He died of of small pox. How did the great awakening help to shape our nation politically and morally? Not only did the great awakening influence the religious make up of America, it also brought upon a climate and mindset that made the American Revolution. which was the political earthquake in which the 13 colonies in North America conjoined to break free from the british empire. George Whitefield George Whitefield (December 27 O.S. December 16 1714 – September 30, 1770), also known as George Whitfield, was an English Anglican preacher who helped spread the Great Awakening in Britain, He was one of the founders fathers of Methodism and of the evangelical movement generally. he was one of the most widely recognized public figures in colonial America. How has the great awakening effected our nation today? Driving Question : Without the great awakening America would not have the same mindset of religion that we have today. We also probably wouldn't have been so motivated to go into the American Revolution for The Great Awakening helped motivate this war. The Great Awakening was apart of the fight to becoming a free country, our own country, free from british control.
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