March31 - 3.31.09 Puritan New England contributes to American culture an automatic sense of business a latent sense of welfare helping those who

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3.31.09 Puritan New England contributes to American culture an automatic sense Southern colonies contribute an automatic sense of democracy, climbing Middle colonies contribute a sense of multiplicity 1700s religious history Great Awakening (free churching, inner experience, revive church-going, splits churches); pre-revolutionary seeds divisive, loud, contentious; went up & down colonies; quarter century English men & women were getting a sense of an exclusive, national, shared experience; calling for a revived religious commitment, better religious living than aristocratic England; real revolution in hearts; when we started becoming Americans Jonathan Edwards 1800s congregational churches; churchman, Calivinist, reads John Locke & other Enlightenment thinkers o comes out for New Light (controversial, emotional preaching) o preaches to passions people opposed because only God can convert people o response is that only God can do it but when he does he does it through the senses; he works through emotions; can scare people into converting o notion of true virtue matter of falling in love with God; God = self of the Universe; ordinarily we’re in love with many people/things (sin & idolatry); conversion of soul = when we fall in love with God & o we cannot convert ourselves, only God can o free will nonexistent; are you free to decide what will appeal to you? Do you freely determine what will draw us and lure us? Do we decide what we will want? 2 American Enlightenment figures
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PHIL 320 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Montclair.

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March31 - 3.31.09 Puritan New England contributes to American culture an automatic sense of business a latent sense of welfare helping those who

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