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America’s premier theologian
Jonathan Edwards was the only son of Timothy Edwards, a minister, and Esther Stoddard, the daughter of a respected minister from Massachusetts. At 13, Edwards entered Yale College where he studied natural sciences along with theology and the humanities—graduating in 1720 as valedictorian. While at Yale, he began writing extensively on science—even drawing up a plan for a magnum opus on “natural philosophy” that was never completed. After graduation, he preached in a Presbyterian church as their “pulpit supply,” but not their pastor, while also teaching at Yale College.
In 1720, he began to record his famous “Resolutions” and felt overwhelmed by the grace of God, something he previously feared and hated. By 1727, he was ordained minister of the church at Northampton where his grandfather also pastored. In the same year, he married Sarah Pierpont, who also hailed from a family of ministers. Though his early years in Northampton were difficult, revival broke out in the congregation and began to spread throughout New England, becoming what we now call the first Great Awakening. Though criticized by traditional and Enlightenment-minded clergy, Edwards vigorously defended the revival from its critics, penning A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God to document the events first hand and to counter Old Light theologians who scoffed at the revival as “mere enthusiasm.”
Although a sought-after speaker throughout the region and abroad, Edwards was never very popular in his own church, and after withholding communion from erring members of his congregation, he was removed from the pulpit at Northampton. He took up the pastorate of a church in Stockbridge before replacing Aaron Burr Sr. as the president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). Jonathan Edwards died on March 22, 1758 from complications from a smallpox inoculation.
Edwards, the writer
Edwards’ writing spans a variety of topics, including theology and history, as well as natural and theoretical philosophy. Many of his writings came in the form of sermons, the most famous of which is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”—an exposition on the fate of unrepentant humanity.
He also wrote penetrating theological treatises, such as Freedom of the Will, The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended, and Religious Affections—each of which provided forceful defenses of God’s activity in the world and of traditional Reformed doctrine.
Arguably his most intellectually creative work, The End for Which God Created the World, is a fascinating exposition that John Piper describes as “a vision of God” that “took me captive thirty years ago and has put its stamp on every part of my life and ministry.” Edwards also edited the diary of influential Native American missionary David Brainerd, helping to ensure its preservation.
With Logos, Edwards’ works are completely searchable. Whether you’re looking for every occurrence of the word “hell” in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” or “grace” in Religious Affections, Logos finds exactly what you are looking for. And whenever you perform a search in the Passage Guide or Sermon Starter Guide, Edwards’ relevant sermons are pulled into your results, allowing you to glean the most important material for your study. Edwards’ writings are now in a format that will benefit students, pastors, and scholars alike in both research and writing.
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