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Gospel of Liberty

Virginia's Great Awakening and the Separation of Church and State

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 Color / 37 Min.

DVD Features:
Closed captioned and optional English subtitles
Chapter titles for easy scene access
Bonus Material:
- PDF study guide
- Bonus features: "Colonial Clothing 1760-1770" and "Tour Our Town".


Have you received Christ as your Lord and Saviour?

Find out how to do so on our page:

Plan of Salvation _____________

Tell others about Jesus like George Whitefield and the Rev. Samuel Davies did:

 We who are Christians are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not Christians.  Some Bible verses that you will find helpful for doing this, and that you may want to commit to memory are found on other pages on our  web site (see: Memory Verses; 2nd Set: Salvation!, Plan of Salvation, and Statement of Faith). _________________

1997 by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation _______________


Filmed in Colonial Williamsburg

The Great Awakening

The revivals of the Great Awakening shook Britain's North American colonies from spiritual slumber during the 1730's, 1740's, and 1750's.  In Virginia it touched men and women whose spiritual needs had been too long neglected by the legally established Anglican church.

...messages of a personal God and salvation.  

In homes, in meetinghouses, and in open fields, rich and poor, black and white, men and women mingled to hear emotional messages of a personal God and salvation.  The Great Awakening rattled and cracked the foundations of hierarchical authority and official religion from Georgia to New England, reverberating through the decades to the Revolution and the collapse of British rule.

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg, the program recreates for students of American independence the fire of the Reverend Samuel Davies, and their pursuit of the right to worship according to one's convictions.  

With Colonial Williamsburg as a backdrop, Thomas Jefferson guides viewers to understand how the axiom that government ought not legislate belief became a fundamental pillar of American democracy.  This tenet found expression in the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." 

...dramatic portrayal of colonial Virginia during the Great Awakening... 

The insights of Thomas Jefferson, champion of religious liberty, infuse this dramatic portrayal of colonial Virginia during the Great Awakening, a turning point in the American concept of freedom.

Here is a lesson of faith in freedom. ________________________

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