Second Great Awakening

By: Natalia Nassour, Hannah Shirley and James Taylor

This picture captures a meeting in Cane Ridge, Kentucky

The Second Great Awakening was a Protestant reformation movement in the early 19th century. After 1820, membership in the Baptist and Methodist churches rose rapidly. It was caused by shifts in theology and religious thinking. During this time, American Christians took it upon themselves to reform society. People reconsidering how they viewed life and there was an increase in morality. This led to debates over slavery, and vice business such as brothels and the sell of alcohol. The Second Great Awakening was heavily democratic. People were told that there own study of the bible was just as good if not better than being taught by someone with formal training. People were encouraged to take the things they read in the bible and apply them to their own life in order to better the world. Traveling preachers were called revolutionists and people flocked to their meetings to hear what they had to say. They were told to recognize their sins immediately and ask for forgiveness in order to be born again.

This picture shows the growth of churches after the Second Great Awakening

Primary Source

This is an excerpt from "The Infant Children." "The Infant Children" is a children's story written in 1850 by Mrs. C. V. R. Hale for the Sunday-School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York. It was written with intentions of encouraging parents to teach their children well, even at a young age, the tenets of what they believe.

CHAPTER II."They that seek me early shall find me."
This is God's promise to children. Does any child ask what it is to seek God? It is to do what Elizabeth did. It is to pray to him with your heart,-to give yourself to be the child of the Lord Jesus, and do what he tells you in the Bible. I said that the Lord was pleased to answer this little girl's prayer, and give her a new heart. Now, a person seeking a new heart, is one who feels sorry for having sinned against God, and who does not do so any more. For, as the hymn says,
"'Tis not enough to sayWe are sorry, and repent;Yet still go on from day to day, Just as we always went."

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