Begining of Revolutionary Thinking

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Begining of Revolutionary Thinking

Isaac Newton

The Beginning of Revolutionary Thinking

In the wake of political turmoil in England, Locke asserted the right of a people to change a government that did not protect natural rights of life, liberty and property.



Newton's laws of gravity and motion described the world in terms of natural laws beyond any spiritual force. This sparked new ideas that lead to the Enlightenment.

John Locke

People were beginning to doubt the existence of a God who could predestine human beings to eternal damnation and empower a tyrant for a king.


Jonathan Edward was one of the people that thought predestination was wrong and that good works might save a soul.

"God was an angry judge, and humans were sinners!" he declared. He spoke with such fury and conviction that people flocked to listen. This sparked what became known as the GREAT AWAKENING in the American colonies.

Jonathan Edwards


John Peter Zenger was a German immigrant who printed a weekly journal. This publication harshly pointed out corruption in the government. It accused the government of rigging elections and allowing the French enemy to explore New York harbor.


Peter Zenger

George Whitefield

Zenger's writings inspired other writers to print their honest views opposing the government.

Although true freedom of the press was not known until the passage of the FIRST AMENDMENT, newspaper publishers felt freer to print their honest views. As the American Revolution approached, this freedom would become ever more vital.



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