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Jonathan Edwards. 1703-1758. Beginnings…. Born in East Windsor, Connecticut to a devoutly Puritan family. As a boy, he preached sermons to his friends from a makeshift pulpit he built behind his home. Learned to speak Latin, Greek, and Hebrew by his 12 th birthday.

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Jonathan edwards

Jonathan Edwards

1703-1758


Beginnings

Beginnings…

  • Born in East Windsor, Connecticut to a devoutly Puritan family.

  • As a boy, he preached sermons to his friends from a makeshift pulpit he built behind his home.

  • Learned to speak Latin, Greek, and Hebrew by his 12th birthday.

  • Wrote many philosophical and scientific essays as a young boy.


Education

Education

  • Entered Yale at 13 and graduated 4 years later as the valedictorian.

  • Went on to earn a Master’s degree in theology.


The rise

The Rise…

  • Edwards became pastor of the Congregational Church in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1729, after his grandfather, Soloman Stoddard, died. Edwards had been assisting his grandfather for two years.

  • Became one of the leaders of the Great Awakening, a religious revival that swept the colonies in the 1730’s and 1740’s.


And fall

…And Fall

  • Edwards was dismissed from his position as Pastor in Northampton in 1750 after members of his church grew displeased with his extreme conservative beliefs and calling out of church members.

  • Moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts and preached to the Native Americans.


New beginning and the end

New beginning and the end

  • Became president of the college of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1757, but died shortly after taking office of a small pox innoculation.


Works

Works…

  • Edwards was known for his powerful sermons. Most of his works appealed to reason and logic, except “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” which is highly emotional.

  • “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was delivered in 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut.

  • The sermon was said to have caused listeners to rise up in fits of hysteria.


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