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The Second Awakening By the 1800 the revivalist energies of all these congregations were combining to create the greatest surge of evangelical fervor since the first Great Awakening sixty year before Beginning among Presbyterians in several Eastern colleges the new awakening soon speard throughtout the country reaching its greastest heights in the Western regions In only a few years a large proportionof the American people were mobilized by the movement and membership in those churches embraceing the revival - most prominently the Methodists the Baptists and the Persby tersian - was mushrooming The Second Great Awakening was not entirely uniform but its basic thrust was clear Individuals must readmit God and Christ into their daily lives must embrace a fervent active piety and must reject the skeptical rational beliefs Yet the wave of revivalism did not serve to restore the religion of the past Few denominations any longer accepted the idea of predestination and the belief that a person could effect his or her own destiny rather than encouraging irreligion as many had feared added intensity to the individual s search for salvation Nor did the awakening work to reestablish old institutionalforms of religion Instead it reinforced the spread of different sects and denominations and helped to create a general public acceptance of the idea that people could belong to defferent Protestant churches and still be committed to essentially the same Christian faith One of the striking features of the awakening was the perponderance of women involved in it Young women in particular were drawn to revivalism and female converts far outnumbered males In some areas church membership became overwhelming female as a result One reason for this was that women were more numerous
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