The Second Great Awakening In Connecticut: Critique of the Traditional Interpretation

  title={The Second Great Awakening In Connecticut: Critique of the Traditional Interpretation},
  author={Richard D. Shiels},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={401 - 415}
As a doddering old man in 1850, Lyman Beecher told his children about the religious conditions at Yale College fifty-five years earlier. His words have become familiar to students of American religious history. The school had been “in a most ungodly state” when he entered as a student in 1795, he recalled. Its president, Ezra Stiles, had been ineffective as a pastor. Immorality and religious skepticism had been rife. Then Timothy Dwight replaced Stiles as president, and religion revived. Dwight… 
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