In the American Revolution, political and religious elements combined to oppose the British but also critiqued many things that the colonists themselves were doing. Indeed, the American Revolution was one of the significant turning points in history. It served as a propelling catalyst, hastening the process of change. Many positive tendencies, forces, and developments that had long been gathering strength seemed to have burst forth during the late eighteenth century. The religious consequences of this war were in many respects greater than that which took place during any other secular event in American history.