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Religion played a very important part of colonial life, right from the start. Religious leaders set very strict rules for moral and religious life, All colonists were expected to go to church regularly Throughout the 1600s the Puritan tradition dominated New England Great Awakening cont.
The Puritan tradition began to decline in the early 1700s and led to a religious revival known as the "Great Awakening" The "Great Awakening" took place in the 1730s40s and began b/c some Christians believed there had been a decline in religious enthusiasm in the colonies. Such leaders included Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield. Great Awakening cont. These men gave fiery sermons and encouraged citizens to examine their lives and commit to God; like modern day T.V. evangelists.
Jonathan Edwards George Whitfield Effects of Great Awakening?
Great Awakening led to the rise of many new organized churches; many different people had different thoughts on religion and now more acceptable to start own churches Increased tolerance of religious differences Encouraged people to work together and reinforce democratic ideas. If they could figure out how to worship God, they could decide how to govern themselves ...
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- Spring '11
- Christianity, Jonathan Edwards George Whitfield, Great Awakening cont