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Edwards, Jonathan (1703–1758)

  1. Robert W. Caldwell III

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0478

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Caldwell, R. W. 2011. Edwards, Jonathan (1703–1758). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


New England Congregationalist minister and leading theological defender of North America's Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards is arguably the most influential colonial American theologian of the 18th century. His writings, which wedded a penetrating psychological analysis of Christian experience with a powerful Puritan Calvinism, provided American Protestants of many persuasions with a formidable defense of revivalism and spawned a new school of theology that carried his revivalist vision well into 19th century America. Today, many evangelical Protestants worldwide still revere Edwards as a theological mentor and spiritual guide.


  • Edwards, Jonathan (1703–1758);
  • defender, of North America's great awakening;
  • writings, Christian experience with puritan calvinism;
  • stockbridge writings, theologically comprehensive;
  • pious atmosphere, of New England puritanism;
  • practice of open communion, Edwards' dismissal;
  • freedom of the will, arminian notions of freedom