With leaders in the church declaring that slavery was a sin, and promoting the idea of a forgiving God, many northerners began to reach out and spread the word of God and secure their eternal salvation. These values were preached to most Americans from a very young age through song and childrens books. The Second Great Awakening initiated necessary conversations about social inequalities and helped
The speech given by Alfred M. Green in Philadelphia in April 1861 contains a dynamic and potent message calling African Americans to enlist in the Union Army. Green uses emotional diction, appeals to patriotism, and the authority of religion to persuade African Americans to join his cause. His effective use of pathos and ethos also contribute to his argument. Throughout the speech, Green uses emotional diction to express the need for African Americans to enlist and help fight the Civil War. His use of emotional adjectives and strong words empowers and motivates his audience to remember their trials and hardships so that they may take strength in them, enough to unify the country.
It could help keep people alive as they wait for some sort of redemption or subtle sign that their God is there with them. Jews viewed their destitution as trials, Christians viewed theirs as God being unable to interfere with the natural world. Even in places like Auschwitz and Birkenau, the burning Twin Towers, places with where there is so much destruction and disaster, there is always hope within them. Religion can rally individuals and masses, so hardship can
From there, I began travelling to different parishes in Jamaica, educating my brothers about Christianity, which I believed promised freedom. I spoke to my fellow brothers about the injustices of slavery and pointed out that the bible said “No man can serve two masters”- Matthew 6:24 KJV . This gave me the opportunity to educate and open the eyes of my people so that they can see that we have our rights. My complexion and hair should not define my life and how I should be treated. Our only master is God, and I worship him to my heart.
This resulted in the sharing of general views between the North, and South thus allowing faith to be preached across races. This belief led to emergencies of evangelism leading to preachings that condemned slavery terming it as a sin. Moreover, in the first general meeting of Methodism, it was declared that being in possession of a slave would result in instant dismissal (Edwards, et. All, 2013) The movement, however, satisfied many individuals need for reassurance, direction, and religious purpose, that was otherwise missing. The Great Awakening was most successful in uniting the colonial America people in the understanding of the Christian faith and life.
Christianity encourages people to live upright and morally, which is why many slaves saw conversion to Christianity as a road to freedom. However, this wasn’t the case for most slaves because most slave-owner believed that religion would lead to emancipation of slaves; I support my argument with analysis of detailed evidence and reasoning in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, whose master used religious sanction and support for his slaveholding cruelty. Christianity doesn’t disagree nor support slavery but is a religion that encourages people to be charitable and be faithful which is why many African American converted to this religion. In the book “Native Son”, Bigger’s mother used Christianity as a pillar to hold the family together
Newton felt that it was “Amazing Grace” that saved him. He felt that he “was blind, but now, I see”. He expresses that it was religion and God that truly saved his soul. The song itself does not focus on the slave trade and all its atrocities but rather the realization that John Newton came to about slavery. Therefore, the song could be used to show the miraculous realization that Newton came too.
This awakening rejected the Calvinist concepts that had once been popular, and instead emphasized that anyone could be saved if they turned away from their sins and worked to live a Christ-centered life (OpenStax, 2016). The Second Great Awakening had a deep impact on many Americans who were struggling with the changes of the day, and continued to have an impact through 1865 and beyond (OpenStax, 2016). Many slave owners began encouraging the slaves towards Christianity, and some African Americans began churches (OpenStax, 2016). Though many were swept up in the Second Great Awakening and found their Christian faith, the animosity towards other religions (particularly Catholicism) persisted. Christianity had huge social effects, as many began striving for a healthier lifestyle for all Americans.
And now taking in consideration too, that we have learn that the Bible is a book that teach mankind to live in peace, in harmony by giving us the base for all morality. But in the Bible we can find a number of violations that will against our society nowadays. For example; in Exodus 21:20-21 According to the God’s law, it was wrong to beat a slave to the point of death. But if the slave survived and got back up within days, the beat wasn’t punishable, because the slave was property of the master. (God endorsed slavery and the beating of slaves.)
While God’s a-Gonna Trouble the Water has very mournful tone and almost appears to be trying to give the slaves hope that, someday, God will help them, Crockett’s New Prophet Church hymn has a far happier feel and seems as though the weight has been lifted off of the African American’s shoulders. Crockett’s hymn may not be the kind of spiritual that we normally read in class, full of repression and underlying hatred, but it shows that even though times may be changing, there is still hope found in the vernacular tradition. Music can be used to inspire emotions in others that mere words could never accomplish, and a person 's favorite song can say more about them than any narrative. Crockett’s song showed that her “Soul so happy till I kain