Great Awakening Essay

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A social system based on inequality and submission of the individual to feudal lords and the church cannot be associated with natural and human nature. However, people will immediately start to live in accordance with the natural law and will find harmony and happiness if somebody enlighten their minds, explaining to them the truth. For scholars, the mind can be "alpha and omega" of everything: world`s nature and the way of gaining the knowledge, the only criterion of truth, and a means of rehabilitation and improvement of human society. XVIII century is also called the century of Intelligence, the smartest of all ages.
Great Britain considers America as intellectual “province,” however, the ideas of overseas educators had the biggest impact.
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Preacher spoke to all the Protestants that he would preach wherever God would give the opportunity to speak. The only requirement was the faith in Christ. Sincerity, passion, emotion and tone of the voice itself, the extraordinary charisma of the man attracted the attention of the priests and parishioners who had not been affected yet by the fact that the "Great Awakening" was close. Speeches of George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards, and his son William Gilbert Tennent, Samuel Blair, Samuel Finley and others gathered a huge number of people who experienced a spiritual epiphany and got the faith in Christ. A powerful movement of the Holy Spirit, revelations, and miracles accompanied the Great…show more content…
Edwards and Franklin presented the opposing principles of American thought in XVIII century: idealism and materialism, but together they reflected its diversity. Edwards in his reply to the philosophy and experimental science moved even further. His speeches and theological writings contained a strong interest in physical phenomena and the perception of human subjectivity. Edwards argued that these principles confirmed the presence of God and the possibility of human spiritual
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