Religion has played a pivotal role in our society since the beginning of time. Religious leaders not only preached to the congregation, but they also visited the communities, helping the sick and the poor, long before social services were invented. This, in turn, helped shape the norms and values of society as we know it today.
Many religious movements in history propelled social change in our communities. Among them was The Great Awakening, which was a revival movement in the Americas in the 1730s and 1740s. This created a division among religious denominations in the country.
As a result, the United States was founded mostly by Protestants, rather than Roman Catholics. The revolutionary preacher, Jonathan Edwards initiated the movement. Other preachers such as George Whitefield, Charles, and John Wesley joined the movement and they, later on, formed the Methodist Church.
This division of Christianity empowered the people of America in some ways. It strengthened the people of the colonies, who soon realized that they could take charge of their country and free themselves of the reigns of the English monarch.
This strengthened the people for America’s War of Independence in 1775 and also resulted in the formation of the hundreds of denominations that we recognize today. But do know what these denominations are? Can you name some of the most sacred rules of certain religions? Let's find out.