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The History of the Great Awakening
Religion and Theology
Pages 9 (2259 words)
Name of author: The History of the Great Awakening Great Awakening is a period of religious revival in American religious history which happened in the eighteenth century and in the late twentieth century. An English minister, George Whitefield is considered as the father of Great Awakening who started his religious reformation by attacking the Anglican Church or the Church of England.
However, the waves of religious awakening soon spread to America and it attained proper shape in America. Great Awakening is classified into different categories based on the period of occurrence like; first second, third and fourth Great Awakenings. First Great Awakening started in AD1734 and lasted till 1750 whereas second Great Awakening occurred in between 1800-1840. The third Great Awakening started in 1880 and lasted till 1910 whereas the fourth Great Awakening happened in the late 1960’s and at the beginning of 1970’s. In all the four great Awakening histories, Protestants were at one side and the traditional churches at the other end. This paper analyses the history and significance of Great Awakening. The Great Awakening arose at a time when man in Europe and the American colonies were questioning the role of the individual in religion and society. It began at the same time as the Enlightenment which emphasized logic and reason and stressed the power of the individual to understand the universe based on scientific laws. ...
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