Virginia law restricts where non-Anglicans can preach.
Later advocates for religious freedom argue that religious liberty should be defined as a natural right rather than as a right afforded by a civil government.
The first major mass movement in American history, the Great Awakening changes the way people experience God.
Ministers such as George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards encourage individuals to make an immediate, intense and personal connection with the Divine.
This emphasis on personal choice threatens to undermine the authority of ministers in established churches.
Like the Pilgrims, the English Puritans believe that the Church of England is corrupt.