Jonathan Edwards Influence

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Introduction The historian Bancroft wrote over a hundred years ago, “He that would know the workings of the New England mind in the middle of the last century and the throbbing of its heart, must give his days and nights to the study of Jonathan Edwards.” Edwards, who is regarded as one of America’s greatest thinkers and original theologian, has even been said to be the most important theologian in history. Edwards was a preacher, philosopher, theologian, and writer. He is well known for his many books, his most famous being the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God”, which continues to be a classic piece of early American literature. Edwards’ influence during the Great Awakening in the 18th century not only brought revivals in American colonies, but his works and thoughts continue to influence individuals today. It has been said that he was destined to live in the wrong time period. This was because his Calvinistic beliefs did not match the Arminian thoughts that flooded the minds of the people in the 18th century. Destined to fail in a time right before some of history’...
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