Essay On The Great Awakening

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The Great Awakening was a huge religious revival in the English colonies which started around 1730. Before The Great Awakening, people were in the pursuit for wealth, leaving religion out. Ministers began to have revivals to get the people interested in religion again. The Great Awakening caused the colonies to rethink their beliefs and way of life as well as set themselves apart from their home countries The Puritan churchgoers started to become bored with sermons that were too complex and dull for them to understand. Worshippers began to question the churches’ beliefs. In the 1730s, Jonathon Edwards began the First Great Awakening. This event was extremely important to the people and united them together for the first time, moving the colonists…show more content…
Many converts were seeking salvation by joining the churches. The rivalry between Old and New Protestant leaders eventually created three main powerful churches (Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist). Churches established several Colleges including Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Rutgers and Dartmouth. Churches began reaching out to African Americans and Native Americans as well as grant rights for women speak and vote in the church meetings. Effects of the Great Awakening remain a part of American today. Religious toleration and diversity became an important outcome of the revivals. The Great Awakening played a big role for the growth of settlement in colonial America. It really helped the colonists to see their similarities instead of their differences, causing them to unite, and they began to realize their right of independence. Through the Awakening, the colonists realized that religious power was in their own hands rather than in the hands of the Church, or any other religious authority. This new knowledge also made the colonists realize that political power did not belong in the hands of the English monarch, but in their own determination for self-governance. The Great Awakening was a religious revival but the results and effects afterwards shaped the colonists into better human beings as well as push their strive for
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