Toward the end of the 18th century, history again repeated itself through the event of another religious declension. A period of war, a time of pastorless churches, together with religious indifference, brought an end to the religious fervor created by the Great Awakening. It was not long until intemperance, profanity, gambling, and licentiousness became the prevailing sins. Added to those evils, came a flood of infidel literature from across the waters for the susceptible American minds. This, accompanied with teachings of materialism, contributed to the loss of faith in God.