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The First Great Awakening

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John Howard Smith is associate professor of history as Texas A&M University-Commerce. The First Great Awakening, an unprecede... Weiterlesen
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John Howard Smith is associate professor of history as Texas A&M University-Commerce.


The First Great Awakening, an unprecedented surge in Protestant Christian revivalism in the Eighteenth Century, sparked enormous of controversy at the time and has been a source of scholarly debate ever since. Few historians have sought to write a synthetic history of the First Great Awakening, and in recent decades it has been challenged as having happened at all, being either an exaggeration or an "invention." The First Great Awakening expands the movement's geographical, theological, and sociopolitical scope. Rather than focus exclusively on the clerical elites, as earlier studies have done, it deals with them alongside ordinary people, and includes the experiences of women, African Americans, and Indians as the observers and participants they were. It challenges prevailing scholarly opinion concerning what the revivals were and what they meant to the formation of American religious identity and culture.

Cover image: NPG 131, George Whitefield by John Wollaston, oil on canvas, circa 1742. © National Portrait Gallery, London

The First Great Awakening is a major revisionist analysis of a significant turning point in early American history. It offers a new definition for what constitutes a religious awakening and incorporates facets of colonial society previously downplayed as key elements of the First Great Awakening.


Preface Introduction: The Problem of the First Great Awakening PART I: "No Small Appearances of a Divine Work" Chapter 1: Vital Piety Chapter 2: Looseness, Irreligion, and Atheism Chapter 3: Communion-Times Chapter 4: A Glorious Work of God's Infinite Power" PART II: "The Late Revival of Religion" Chapter 5: Many Thousands Flocking to Hear Him Preach the Gospel Chapter 6: Blessed Be God That Hath Done It! Chapter 7: Glorious Distraction Chapter 8: Unhappy Contention PART III: "Methinks I See Mighty Cities Rising on Every Hill" Chapter 9: I Claim Jesus Christ to be My Right Master Chapter 10: A Salvation from Heaven Chapter 11: More Like True Religion than Any I Ever Observed Chapter 12: The Seed of Dissention and Discord Conclusion Selected Bibliography Index


Titel: The First Great Awakening
Untertitel: Redefining Religion in British America, 1725-1775
EAN: 9781611477146
ISBN: 978-1-61147-714-6
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 356
Gewicht: 700g
Größe: H235mm x B157mm x T25mm
Jahr: 2014