• anonymous
how did the old lights attempt to suppress the influence of the new lights in Connecticut and Massachusetts?
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  • anonymous
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  • shamallamadingdong
The Great Awakening divided American Protestants into two groups: the New Lights and the Old Lights. The revivalist preachers who placed emphasis on the emotion of religion were the New Lights, while the Old Lights were the rationalist preachers who supported a more established and conventional approach to religion. Before the Great Awakening, Anglicanism was dominant in the colonies of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Congregationalists were strongly established in New England. In New York, the Dutch Reformed Church and Anglicanism were the dominant Christian denominations. Quakers made up the largest percentage of churchgoers in Pennsylvania. Then, in the 1740s, the Great Awakening's evangelical ministers shook up the religious life of Americans. The New Light preachers and parishioners were predominantly affluent, educated citizens from the New England colonies who did not attempt to limit memberships to only those like themselves. New Light preachers often criticized Old Light preachers as being elitists who cared only about the upper classes, while the New Lights welcomed all classes and races to their congregations. Several New Light preachers from New England, such as Gilbert Tennent and James Davenport, succeeded in gaining the support of the poor and oppressed. As the rift between New Lights and Old lights deepened, Davenport went so far as to claim that "Boston's [Old Light] ministers were leading the people blindfolded to hell." Tennent, in his writings, tried to discredit the abilities of Old Light ministers and implored people to join the New Lights.
  • salemlover352
by discrediting the abilities of New Lights ministers

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