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What were major thoughts on religion in 1850 America?
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The Great Awakening had started, as had Wesley's movement. Both of these focused on Ethical Issues in the real world based on religious issues. The central concern in this time was to relate to which mainly white, but also a significant number of black, Christians related their ethical ideals to issues involving race-African colonization, suffrage, abolitionism and the slavery controversy. Methodists split over these issues, as did a number of Protestant denominations.