The "Great Awakening" took the political philosophy of writers such as John Locke, and amalgamated reason, appropriated from the human experience of the absolute laws of the Creator, with the truth and history of the Holy Scriptures.
The following message was received by The Committee for the Constitution from one of our members. He is the author of The Attack on America, Freedom Press, St. Louis, 2002. We have edited his message and inserted hyperlinks before passing it on.
As I was researching my new book, Beyond Reason, I came upon one of the most famous sermons from the period prior to the Revolution. The "Great Awakening" took the political philosophy of writers such as John Locke, and amalgamated reason, appropriated from the human experience of the absolute laws of the Creator, with the truth and history of the Holy Scriptures. The background leading to the sermon, relevant to this day and age, as we are called to confront the evil of humanism impacting America and perverting the original intention of the generations of those who gave birth to these United States, speaks loudly and clearly to our present situation. Our Constitution is grounded on an absolute of Law existing beyond human authority or control. It is not about any religious political organization, denomination, etc. It is about the truth and reality recognized over two centuries ago in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
Young people of Edwards' congregation were reading profane books which led to his perception of public lewdness. Edwards called for public condemnation. His congregation supported him until it came to light that the evil was widespread, and exposing those involved would bring discredit on many of the influential families of Northhampton. Learning this, those politically situated in his congregation blocked further proceedings. On 22 June, 1750, a public vote was taken as to whether Edwards should be dismissed from his pastorate. A large majority voted against him. Northampton had the distinction of having rejected one of the greatest theologians and philosophers of all time for the same reason as we see Christian principles and ideals rejected in government today. His sermon elevated this man of God, speaking with God's authority to the unjust tribunal who had dismissed him, to allow truth to be heard by those who didn't want to acknowledge it. Americans will again face the same final judgment to be rendered in knowledge and righteousness, without any clouding or diminishing by human emotion or prejudice. Situation and statistical ethics are as invalid now as they were in 1750. The truth shall set us free!