The Enlightenment And The Great Awakening

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The eighteenth century saw a host of social, religious, and intellectual changes across the British Empire. While the Great Awakening promoted and emphasized emotional religiosity, the Enlightenment promoted the power of reason and scientific observation. Both of these movements had a lasting impact on the colonies (Schultz, 2014). These movements had an impact on the American lifestyle that still exists today. The Enlightenment was responsible for inspiring revived interests in education, science and literature. The colonists that pushed this movement stressed the power of humans to reason and to promote progress (Schultz, 2014). The Enlightenment also challenged the role of religion and divine right. This helped Colonial America to see that

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