But by the s almost all of these bodies had a deep evangelical emphasis in common. Protestantism has always contained an important evangelical strain, but it was in the nineteenth century that a particular style of evangelicalism became the dominant form of spiritual expression. What above all else characterized this evangelicalism was its dynamism, the pervasive sense of activist energy it released. As Charles Grandison Finney, the leading evangelical of mid-nineteenth century America, put it:
Religious Transformation and the Second Great Awakening Both blacks and women began to participate in evangelical revivals associated with the Second Great Awakening at the end of the 18th century.
From these revivals grew the roots of the both the feminist and abolitionist movements. The American Revolution had largely been a secular affair. The Founding Fathers clearly demonstrated their opposition to the intermingling of politics and religion by establishing the separation of church and state in the first amendment to the Constitution.
In part because religion was separated from the control of political leaders, a series of religious revivals swept the United States from the s and into the s that transformed the religious landscape of the country.
Known today as the Second Great Awakening, this spiritual resurgence fundamentally altered the character of American religion. At the start of the Revolution the largest denominations were Congregationalists the 18th-century descendants of Puritan churchesAnglicans known after the Revolution as Episcopaliansand Quakers.
But byEvangelical Methodism and Baptists, were becoming the fasting-growing religions in the nation. The Second Great Awakening is best known for its large camp meetings that led extraordinary numbers of people to convert through an enthusiastic style of preaching and audience participation.
A young man who attended the famous 20,person revival at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, incaptures the spirit of these camp meetings activity: The noise was like the roar of Niagara. The vast sea of human beings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm.
I counted seven ministers, all preaching at one time, some on stumps, others on wagons Some of the people were singing, others praying, some crying for mercy. A peculiarly strange sensation came over me.
My heart beat tumultuously, my knees trembled, my lips quivered, and I felt as though I must fall to the ground. This young man was so moved that he went on to become a Methodist minister.
As this quotation suggests, evangelical ministers reached their audience at an emotional level that powerfully moved large crowds. Maze Burbank presented this image to the Royal Society in London with the caption: Evangelical churches generally had a populist orientation that favored ordinary people over elites.
For instance, individual piety was seen as more important for salvation than the formal university training required for ministers in traditional Christian churches.
The immense success of the Second Great Awakening was also furthered by evangelical churches innovative organizational techniques. These were well suited to the frontier conditions of newly settled territories. Most evangelical churches relied on itinerant preachers to reach large areas without an established minister and also included important places for lay people who took on major religious and administrative roles within evangelical congregations.
Religion was a central theme of the s; American Protestants branched off into many different denominations, holding in common the need for meetings and revivals. The Second Great Awakening marked a fundamental transition in American religious life.
Many early American religious groups in the Calvinist tradition had emphasized the deep depravity of human beings and believed they could only be saved through the grace of God.
The new evangelical movement, however, placed greater emphasis on humans' ability to change their situation for the better. By stressing that individuals could assert their "free will" in choosing to be saved and by suggesting that salvation was open to all human beings, the Second Great Awakening embraced a more optimistic view of the human condition.
The repeated and varied revivals of these several decades helped make the United States a much more deeply Protestant nation than it had been before. Finally, the Second Great Awakening also included greater public roles for white women and much higher African-American participation in Christianity than ever before.
Evangelicalism as a Social Movement Why did so many people flock to evangelicalism in the early 19th century? The Second Great Awakening was more than just a religious movement; it provided a new social outlet.
There was an excitement to it, and a sense of belonging. People even changed denomination if they felt one preacher was more interesting than the last. This essay puts a social twist on early evangelicalism.
Peter Cartwright on Cane Ridge and the New Lights No matter whether they were saints or sinners, they would be taken under a warm song or sermon and seized with a convulsive jerking all over, which they could not by any possibility avoid What were revivals really like? Find out from someone who was there!
He went on to become a Methodist preacher and lead his own revivals.Why did so many people flock to evangelicalism in the early 19th century? The Second Great Awakening was more than just a religious movement; it provided a new social outlet.
There was an excitement to it, and a sense of belonging. List of religious movements that began in the United States 17th century.
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