The Great Awakening And Enlightenment Essay

810 Words Feb 16th, 2015 4 Pages
The Great Awakening and Enlightenment were two of the earliest movements in the colonies. People can be influenced in many different ways in political and religious aspects. As, you will in this paper out those two movements influenced the colonies to help shape our country today.
The Great Awakening was a period of great revivalism that spread throughout the colonies in the early to mid-seventeen hundred’s. It de-emphasized the importance of church doctrine and instead put a greater prominence on the individual and their spiritual experience. Jonathan Edwards who was an American revivalist during the Great Awakening he preached for nearly ten years in New England. He emphasized a personal approach to religion. He preached the people were "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," in 1741. He told his congregation that salvation was a direct result from God and could not be achieved by human works as the Puritans had preached.
The Enlightenment stressed that the power of human motivation to form the world. It challenged the role of religion. It made many people to be less noble toward God than they had been before. They felt that they had the capability to think, examine, and do for themselves and that not everything was done through God. This also formed the religion of Pietism, which interested to the hearts, but not the minds of the followers. From the enlightenment science was created. A lot of people had to begin to study the world in which they were living. In the early…

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