After the fervor of the Great Awakening, religion seemed to take a back seat. Religion was becoming less and less of an important aspect in an ever changing society. Aside from that fact, there were many congregations that looked forward to another revival similar to the magnitude previously experienced. They prayed, hoped, and looked forward to this time.
This new period of revival resulted in some very interesting new religious denominations.
The Oneida Community in
The Shakers were strictly celibate and believed that Ann Lee was the Christ at his second coming. They tried to preserve their community through adopting orphans.
These two examples alone show how many different directions the religions of the
Restorationism was a product of the Second Great Awakening. Followers of this belief wished to return to the organization of the church from New Testament times. They preferred to be known only as Christians, rather than selecting a denominational name. They followed a very practical approach to the Bible. It was even called legalistic.
Essentially, the Second Great Awakening seemingly resulted in more religious variation than before, with wide acceptance of many religious groups. It differed from the first Great Awakening because of the magnitude in
The Second Great Awakening came at a time when religion was disappearing from the forefront of society in the