1708 In a Presbyterian reaction to the growing autonomy and diversity Brasilia Map of Connecticut’s Congregational churches, a group of ministers adopt the Saybrook Platform. This document Brasilia Map is an attempt to enforce ecclesiastical discipline, according to its authors. Pastors from the various churches are to meet together annually to resolve disputes. The platform gains the support of the General Assembly, and it becomes law. Individual congregations lose power, and churchgoers see their control over their specific congregations weakened as well.
Captain John Munson of New Haven inaugurates wagon service between New Haven and Hartford. Munson transports both passengers and goods, and the monopoly granted him by the colonial legislature stipulates that he make at least one trip per month during the spring, summer, and fall. 1740 The Reverend George Whitefield travels through Connecticut, inaugurating a period of religious revival in the colony. There had been earlier revivalistic stirrings, such as in 1721 when the Windham congregation witnessed eighty conversions in six months, but Whitefield’s presence ignites a much broader revival. Whitefield’s skills as an orator are legendary, and his message leaves no gray area: men are utterly sinful and are totally dependent on God’s grace for salvation. Though Connecticut’s ministers at first welcome the spiritual fervor and mass conversions of the Great Awakening, they soon begin to mistrust the movement, which splits colonial society between Old Lights (those who question the sincerity of new converts and the effect that they might have on established congregations) and New Lights (those who follow the revivalist preachers).
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