Lead: Divisions over personal religion led to a serious split in American Protestantism during the Great Awakening of the 1700s. One of the leaders of the new side or new lights was Gilbert Tennent.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Tennent family migrated to Philadelphia from Northern Ireland in 1718. Born into a Scottish Presbyterian family, William Tennent had become a minister in the Anglican Church of Ireland, but was increasingly dissatisfied. Beginning in 1618 settlers had been forcibly moved by the English from Scotland into Ulster to help increase the number of Protestants on the island. Once there they longed for their traditional Presbyterianism and resisted attempts to force feed them the Anglicanism of the established church. Many began to meet secretly for field communions or sacramental seasons, annual events with preaching and worship in Scottish tradition. Tennent, caught up in this dissenting movement, eventually renounced his ordination and moved to America.

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