But how and why was Edwards so successful? What influenced him? How did he use diction and symbolism to persuade his listener, and what was the reaction to his teachings? In order to understand these questions one must look at his life and works to understand how he was successful. In his most influential sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, Jonathan Edwards’ persuasive language awakened the religious fervor that lay dormant in colonial Americans and made him the most famous puritan minister of the Great Awakening in North America.
This argumentative structure is effective because it not only holds the interest of the average college student, but also is convincing enough to persuade a scholar. The first argument Wiggers made was that innovation was a large part of Methodism’s success in gaining membership. One aspect of innovation Wiggers discussed was Methodism’s system of evangelism. Methodism was both mobile and effective. While most churches were expecting people to come to them, Methodists sent out itinerant preachers to come to the people.
How the step taken by the monarch’s of England influenced the Church in England to be transformed into the Church of England. The struggle in the theology of Lutheran, Calvinist, Catholicism, and Moravianism, to name just a few, would all have an influence in the foundation of the Methodist movement. Of how “John Wesley, paternal grandfather was brought before the Bishop of Bristol, Gilbert Ironside, to answer charges of nonconforming to the Thirty-Nine Articles” (p. 1... ... middle of paper ... ...day: how do we make the church relevant to a society that see’s it was being a product of a long past believe system. How do we allow people to explore their faith question and at the same time provide a firm foundation? The influence of Calvinist, Mystics, New Age, Atheisms, and other religious faith has caused confusion among our cognation as to what they believe in.
Revivals encouraged reading of and the idea of love for the bible. The revivals shook up the institutionalized Congregationalism with a new emphasis on perso... ... middle of paper ... ...em as a Christian. There was a new emphasis on education and people wanted their preachers to be well educated so this established colleges that were established by certain denominations. During this time there was also an increase in separation of the church and the state. Before the church was universal and now the church was breaking off into new denominations.
In contrast to his father, Henry, Edward VI allowed sweeping changes within the Church of England. Edward assumed the throne as a young child and therefore his advisors, strong Protestants, influenced him greatly. They were incredibly motivated to reform the doctrines and rituals of the Church of England. Priests were officially allowed to marry. Because the Latin services were exchanged for English ones, a new prayer book was published to i... ... middle of paper ... ...its founder’s military background in its organization.
The earliest occurrence of the American phase of this movement appeared among Presbyterians in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Led by Reverend William Tennent, the Presbyterians not only commenced religious revivals in those colonies during the 1730s but also established a seminary to train clergymen whose exhilarating style of preaching would bring sinners to experience evangelical conversion. Originally known as "The Log College," it is better known today as Princeton University. Religious enthusiasm quickly spread from the Presbyterians of the Middle Colonies, to the Puritans and Baptists of New England. To some Puritans, it appeared that New Englanders had taken many of their blessings for granted, and were unconcerned with the theological beliefs their ancestors had brought to Massachusetts in the 1620s.
THE FIRST GREAT AWAKENING The First Great Awakening was an extremely important religious revival that moved through the American colonies. This spiritual revival took place in the American colonies around 1730 to 1760. The First Great Awakening was able to gain a lot of momentum because of the influential preaching that taught the citizens of these colonies that the only way to salvation was by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. Many of the colonists believed that they lived proper and just lives by attending church and doing good deeds. It was by the strong influential preaching that took place during the Great Awakening that preachers informed these believers that their works and good deeds would not save them; only salvation through
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is widely recognized as one of America’s most profound Theologians. Some might even consider him the master of Puritan revival, since he was the leader of the Great Awakening. During his time he was a devout Calvinist who had the power of single-handedly keeping the Puritan faith strong for over twenty-five years, by using vivid imagery to provoke his audience. Edward's dialect was exquisitely influential and yet wielded with class and ease. This essay argues that Edwards was a prestigious theologian in his time that helped shape modern religious culture.
By studying these two men’s life this paper hopes to establish the importance of these two men when it comes to Christianity in America. After establishing the tremendous impact of these two men, it would be appropriate to study the very doctrine that caused a rift between them. Lastly, once the doctrine of election is understood this paper will move into a brief study of Wesley’s response to this doctrine. The life of Charles Whitefield will be the starting point for this study. CHAPTER 1 GEORGE WHITEFIELD George Whitefield was born on December 16th in the year 1774.
Although he wanted one state church, James believed compromise and toleration would naturally drive citizens to become members, conforming to the policies of the Church of England. Throughout his reign James attempted to decrease religious tensions, as people hoped to increase their influence and role they played in the decisions of the church. There was a distinct split within the Church of England between the Puritans and the Anglicans. The Puritans were members of the Church of England, wanting reformation. They wished to eliminate of some ceremonies and dogmas closely resembling those of the Catholic Church.