Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758

[Mentioned in the Message to The Mother Church for 1901, p. 15]

Jonathan Edwards, theologian and preacher, outwardly lived a comparatively uneventful life within a small geographical compass. Yet the ideas he promulgated provoked violent discussions in his own day and for several decades afterwards.

The son of a clergyman, Edwards grew up in the rural Connecticut town of East Windsor. A precocious child, he entered Yale at the age of thirteen, graduating four years later at the head of his class. Two years of graduate work in theology prepared him for his first post in a small Presbyterian church in New York City. In his twenty-third year he was invited to help his grandfather as assistant pastor in Northampton, Massachusetts, and two years later he became the sole pastor.

Signs of the Times
October 13, 1956

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