APUSH Essay - What were the long-term effects of the Great Awakening The Great Awakening occurred in the early mid-1700's as a result of the

APUSH Essay - What were the long-term effects of the Great...

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What were the long-term effects of the Great Awakening? The Great Awakening occurred in the early mid-1700's as a result of the Enlightenmentwhich occurred in the 18th century and brought forward the philosophy that science should beapplied to political and social aspects of life. The result of the Enlightenment was the formationof Deists and a decline of religious authority. The decline of religious importance sparked a needfor religious revivalism in the form of the Great Awakening which was spread through emotionalpreachers such as George Whitefield, Theodore Frelinghuysen and Jonathan Edwards. The GreatAwakening resulted in the creations of new colleges, the separation from church andgovernment, and religious diversity.Throughout the Great Awakening, preachers traveled to tell colonists that they would bedamned if they didn't attend Church. The result of this was a massive influx of people returningto the Church and of people wanting to gain membership into the Church. The preachersresponsible eventually became known as "evangelists", or bearers of good news. Theseevangelists were able to spread their ideas through their new way of preaching, which wasthrough emotions. The amount of interest that people took in this type of preaching caused thecreation of colleges specific to raising new ministers. Today, the most well known are Princetonand Brown. Eventually, the creation of these ministry colleges evolved and lower educationreligious schools, mostly known as Catholic schools, were also founded.The Great Awakening also ended the obstacle that many colonists debated about foryears. The struggle over whether government should be linked with and affect religion startedwhen Europeans decided to leave the motherland to America to escape persecution from theChurch. Many governments persecuted any citizen who didn't practice the religion they followedand when the colonies were founded, a man named Roger Williams voiced out against thisbehavior. Although he was persecuted for denying the authority of the civil government to

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