The Religious Revival Of The Great Awakening Essay

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In Colonial America, Christianity slowly penetrated the lives of slaves. Protestantism was regarded as a private matter and masters did little to Christianize their bondsman. Anglican Protestantism did not resonate with most of the slave population, as it heavily rejected mysticism, something which many African slaves still culturally practiced. Although, during the Great Awakening (1700-1790) blacks and whites in the South were swept up in the religious revival which taught all souls are equal. Methodist and Baptist preachers, like the fiery George Whitefield, developed a more inspiring, more animated preaching styles and talked about personal—spiritual—rebirth in Christ, exceedingly appealing to slave. Africans converted to Christianity for the hope it offered. Importantly, the movement stressed that Christ had blessed the weak, poor, and humble. Preachers quoted Jesus, "So the last will be first, and the first will be last." The same sentimentality expressed by Nat of his rebellion, “I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first.” Slaves and free blacks adopted Christianity and began reinterpreting it through the lense of their own experiences. This would Influence the political and religious atmosphere Nat Turner, born in 1800, would grow up in and develop his radical ideas.
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