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Jonathan Edwards. 1703 - 1758. Born in Connecticut The only son in a family of 11 children Was educated At a young age proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew Studied religion Concerned about his own salvation and state of grace. Attended Yale at 13 Gifted in math, philosophy, astronomy

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jonathan edwards

Jonathan Edwards

1703 - 1758

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Born in Connecticut

  • The only son in a family of 11 children
  • Was educated
    • At a young age proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew
    • Studied religion
      • Concerned about his own salvation and state of grace
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Attended Yale at 13

    • Gifted in math, philosophy, astronomy
    • Interested in John Locke
      • Knowledge comes from experience – understanding and feeling different
      • Edwards – reading fire and being burned
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Married Sarah Pierrepont

    • They had 11 children
  • Launched a career in ministry
    • Father and grandfather were Puritan ministers
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Became pastor at a church in Northampton, Massachusetts after his grandfather’s death

    • There for 24 years
  • Developed a reputation as a powerful preacher
  • Sermons were about sin and salvation
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Was part of the Great Awakening

    • Began in Northampton in 1730’s
    • Reviving Puritan ideals
    • People denouncing their sins and dedicating themselves to God – born again to be saved
    • Conversions – very emotional
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Sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

    • Delivered in Enfield, Connecticut, 1741
    • Trying to “awaken” natural men who had not been “born again”
    • Encouraged listeners to reexamine beliefs about grace, salvation, and religion
    • Listeners actually swooned and shrieked
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Eventually dismissed from his congregation in 1750

    • Would call out well-known church members by name as sinners
    • Tried to limit membership to people who had undergone religious conversion or who had been “born again”
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Moved to remote setting of Stockbridge

    • Ministered to Indians for 8 years
  • Accepted an appointment as president of what is now Princeton University
  • Died of small pox after receiving vaccination