Jonathon Edwards George Whitefield affective in reawakening people to ponder

Jonathon edwards george whitefield affective in

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k.Jonathon Edwards, George Whitefield, - affective in reawakening people to ponder the other lifei.Edwards- very learned, traditional, very concerned about liberalization that happened in some churches- old style minister- scared most of his congregants- ‘Sinners in the hands of an angry god’- hell is paved with thesouls of un-baptized children1.Spider image- god is holding you over the pit of hell, like holding aspider over the fire- worthy of nothing else but to be thrown into the fire2.Message is harsh- people still listened to him and reacted positively again- bought into old time religion3.Style based on deep knowledge and reasoningii.Whitefield- from England to colonies in 1738- wandering English parson- low-level minister, touched off a wave a religious revivalism all the way up and down the colonies, would speak to great crowds of people in a huge fields- hundreds and thousands of people came, spoke in dramatic style, mesmerizing,--delivered a message that people wanted to hear- genius for dramatic performance- 1.Appealed to all sorts of Christians 2.Preached to the level of 12 year olds- easily understood, left them with a hope that eternal salvation could be there, disregarded sectarian differences 3.Appeal not only in the medium but also in the message- declared the congregations were dead because dead men preached thema.People would all of a sudden say they’re saved – confess conversionb.Important form of individual participation4.Traditional clergy were horrified because regular people were claiming they were saved5.The only thing to do, he is the new show in townl.Recaptures religionm.Old sights reject this- within many different traditions- splits within exsisting churches- Congregationalists, Presbyterians, new or old style?n.Certain new churches immerge- many people now become Baptists- loudero.Left many lasting effects- undermined older clergy –increases number of people in the religion, establish new light centers of learning Princton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgersi.First spontaneous mass movement of the American peopleii.Break down sectional boundaries and denominational linesiii.Great awakening is off great importance bcause it was a force towards colonial unityiv.Next step towards colonial unityp.Sometimes it was poorer people who were attracted to new way of doing thingsq.Although it caused divisions, it also promoted religious toleration- promoted religious pluralism (many different denominations)- no Christian sect is more
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legit than another one, theory for all christians to live together in harmony with each otherr.Continues the break down of church and states.Part of reason to separate church and state- many different religions- cant favor one over anothert.First truly national event of american historyu.The awakening nurtured a subtle change in values i.People felt a new feeling of self worth- assumed new responisibility in religious affairs, skeptical of dogma and authority (questioning of authority, more willing to think for themselves)v.
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