1700's Culture

1700's Culture - C ultu ral Warfare in the 18th Centu ry I....

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Cultural Warfare in the 18th Century I. The Great Awakening A. The Revival Tour of George Whitefield (1714-1770) 1. 1739: Clergyman Whitefield tours America preaching in open fields to thousands of people about the importance of people experiencing a spiritual rebirth (emphasis on emotional aspect of connection with God) 2. Whitefield influenced other preachers to take on a more emotional charged way of delivering sermons B. Successes and Cultural Significance 1. Increased amount of conversions added a sizable amount of new mem- bers to churches in the North and intensified the piety of those already in the church 2. Less emphasis on christian doctrine and more on the emotional charge of religious experiences C. Excesses 1. Church members began to criticize their own ministers for not being “spiritual” enough --> egged on by traveling ministers 2. Crazy ministers called for the followers to do eccentric things a) example: A minister James Davenport called for his followers to create piles of Christian classics that did not do the religion “justice”
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course HI 151 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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