Sorry if this seems a bit out of place in the sub-forum on non-Catholic religions. It’s b/c of it’s relation to Evangelicalism (which can’t be ignored,imo) which made me feel inclined to place it here.
Imo,a really understated period in the history of Christianity is the Second Great Awakening. I could see how history courses go organize themselves by events like Constantine’s conversion,the Schism and the Reformation…:rolleyes: in the broader scope of things even those events only seem (continental) Eurocentric :o (if you exempt Anglicanism).
What is not emphasized as much or as properly on a widespread level I gander is the history of Christianity in the .U.S.* after *the Puritans,as if the common conception of American Christianity is that,it has only been rooted in Puritanism ever since it’s beginnings and that the presence of Catholicism (and Orthodoxy) is almost only b/c of late 19th-early 20th century waves of (continental) European (and Irish) immigrants.
Having found out about the Second Great Awakening is sort of an “eye-wakener”^1 to the factors and precursors of American Evangelicalism which (for now) seems to kind of be the generalized conception of (mainstream) religion in the .U.S. and to some individuals has been conflated to being the general conception of Christianity on a whole (to the chagrin of some "-w- …)^1.
If someone were to rants on about bad things done for the sake of Christianity and the history of not-so-nice doings the bitter conflicts after the Reformation is seems to be the last major scale occurence of fighting btw denominations and it’s like they’d think that whatever positions and attitudes Christians have had since then are the same ones from the Reformation^2 …thus the obliviousness of the Second Great Awakening is not a neglect I’d like to be made,you see .
Does anyone know enough to think they can explain the Second Great Awakening and do you guys think it deserves to be WAY more known about?.
^1 more surprising to consider,still?
^2 no offence or disrespect to any Lutherans or Anglicans :o