How did the Great Awakening affect the colonies?

The Great Awakening affected the colonies in several ways, including that it led colonists to become more active in their religion, that it encouraged them to develop a more personal connection to religion, and that it contributed to the American Revolution by implying that religious authorities were not all-powerful.

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One significant effect of the First Great Awakening in the American Colonies was that it blurred to divisions between the various Christian sects. Although it initially created rifts within denominations, the relationships between various sects were ultimately strengthened by it over time. With the movement away from strict church hierarchy and dogma, it became possible for Congregationalists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, and others to cooperate and find common ground. This helped to ease many of the religious tensions that had existed prior to the Great Awakening.

The Great Awakening also led to the founding of many new religious institutions. Many of the New Light movements founded their own schools, many of which endure to this day. This includes Princeton University, founded in 1746 by the New Side Presbyterians. Many older educational institutions eventually came to embrace the new movement of evangelism, including the venerable Yale University. All this led to higher levels of...

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