Why Is The Great Awakening Important

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Great Awakening Essay August Voorhees-Period 3 The Great Awakening spanned over no more than a decade, an extremely short period in American history. However, its significance in shaping colonial America far outweighed what its duration would suggest. The Great Awakening served as a bridge from the Puritan mindset to the revolutionary and independent American mindset. In fact, effects of the Great Awakening still linger on in modern day America. Before the Great Awakening, political uncertainty and economic instability was present in New England Colonies. For example, as population grew in colonial America, there began a heavy dependence on manufacturing and intercolonial trade. Although this dependence did add wealth to the members of…show more content…
He was an american who graduated from Yale at the age of 17.10 He was a successor of his grandfather who died, so in return he began preaching to his Grandfather’s congregation which allowed for him to receive a substantial following.11 Edwards’ reputation for inspirational preaching began to spread through the effects his sermons were said to have on people. It was said that he made countless “sinners” experience overwhelming feelings of uncertainty and others endure sensations that forced one to uncontrollably yell and moan.12 Similarly to Whitefield, Edwards’ main beliefs that were reflected in the Great Awakening were equality and self-correction. However, differing from Whitefield was the fear that Edwards had the ability inflict on others. Evident in Edwards Paints the Horrors of Hell is the idea and necessity of pleasing God, for he already hates you and has no problem with letting you burn in hell for all of eternity.13 This initial fear that was inserted into a person, consequently allowed for one to critically evaluate themselves and possess the desire to please God. In conclusion, Edwards’ ability to insert fear into his followers was a key component for religious revival that occurred in New England colonies. The Great Awakening had substantial impacts on the colony economically, politically and socially. Firstly, their were numerous economic benefits ranging from evangelical beliefs causing…show more content…
However, from speakers like James Davenport, the idea of freedom of speech was addressed throughout colonies.17 Additionally, it can be assumed that the Great Awakening may have caused social tensions because one of a superior class was now just as important under God as an indigent on the streets of Connecticut. The Great Awakening allowed for a significant change in religious, social, economic and political mindset. From strong Puritan beliefs in the early 1700s too thoughts of equality and independence, America was shaped in a manner that continues on into present day. In fact, the evangelic values that were established is now a central theme in the 2012 presidential election. When the election concludes, the discussion of evangelic values and how America views them will continue because they are a matter of great debate. These debates all began in the Great Awakening of
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