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Great Awakening. 1730s - 1740s. What was the Great Awakening?. Religious revival movement. Evangelicalism-- “new birth” is the ultimate religious experience. Followers accept that they are sinners and ask for salvation. Before the Great Awakening.

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great awakening

Great Awakening

1730s - 1740s

what was the great awakening
What was the Great Awakening?
  • Religious revival movement.
  • Evangelicalism-- “new birth” is the ultimate religious experience.
  • Followers accept that they are sinners and ask for salvation.
before the great awakening
Before the Great Awakening
  • Before 1730s, most colonies had established religions:
      • Congregationalists in New England (basically Puritans)
      • Anglicans in New York and Southern Colonies (same as Church of England)
old lights vs new lights
“Old Lights” vs. “New Lights”
  • Churches that grew as a result of the Great Awakening: Presbyterianism, Methodism, Baptism (“New Lights”)
  • Great Awakening challenged authority and hierarchy of established churches (“Old Lights:” Congregationalists and Anglicans).
  • Great Awakening said anyone could be converted or “born again”; you didn’t need traditional church leadership to decide whether or not you belong.
leaders of the great awakening
Leaders of the Great Awakening

George Whitefield Jonathan Edwards

today s question
Today’s Question:

Why was George Whitefield so popular?