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The Great Awakening. What was it?. 1740 -1770 = 1,200 new churches across colonies Presbyterian, Baptists, Methodists, & other denominations Highly emotional outdoor revival events “Conversion”. Jonathan Edwards.

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what was it
What was it?
  • 1740 -1770 = 1,200 new churches across colonies
  • Presbyterian, Baptists, Methodists, & other denominations
  • Highly emotional outdoor revival events
  • “Conversion”
jonathan edwards
Jonathan Edwards

“The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, looks over the fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire.”

new colleges across the colonies
New Colleges Across the Colonies
  • 1750s & 1760s = Colleges founded to train ministers
  • Princeton, Brown University, Rutgers, Dartmouth

George Whitefield

george whitfield
George Whitfield
  • 1739 -1740 = itinerant British minister tours the American colonies
  • Criticized as a “peddler of divinity”
how did the great awakening change american society
How did the Great Awakening change American society?
  • Less hierarchy within the church and society
  • Northern and Southern colonies connected for the first time
  • Old Lights vs. New Lights
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