The American Soul is Born Again to Revolutionary Religious Independence
George Whitefield woke them up. Jonathon Edwards went to war for their souls.
Early in the 18th century
A New Birth
The groundswell began at tiny Bell Inn in
Although Whitefield had already preached with profound effect to thousands in
Religious Hierarchy Toppled
A New Spiritual Power
Individuals and whole churches dissolved the spiritual bonds which connected them to the established church. They began to independently assume the power to form their own new congregational “governments”. This was one great step that lead to that giant leap in the dark when these colonists would find it “necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them.”
Whitefield and Wesley on the New Birth by George Whitfield and John Wesley, 1986, F. Asbury Press
A Religious History of the American People by Sydney E. Ahlstrom, 2004,
Visible Saints, The History of a Puritan Idea by Edmund S. Morgan, 1965,
This article, The Great Awakening 1739-1740 is reprinted with permission from the author.