Jonathan Edwards

Authored by: Sang Hyun Lee

Early Modern Philosophy of Religion

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9781844652228
eBook ISBN: 9781315729619
Adobe ISBN: 9781317546450

10.4324/9781315729619.ch17

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Abstract

Jonathan Edwards was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, on 5 October 1703, the son and grandson of Puritan ministers. He studied at the College of New Haven (now Yale) and tutored there before accepting the pastorate in Northampton, Massachusetts, first as assistant to his distinguished maternal grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, then for twenty-three years as his successor until he was dismissed by his congregation in 1750 over the issue of who should be admitted to the Lord’s Supper. Edwards then served a mission church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, ministering to Native Americans and also accomplishing much important writing, until called to the presidency of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton), where he died from smallpox inoculation within three weeks of his arrival, on 22 March 1758.

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