Johnathan Edwards was born on October 5, 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut. His parents were Rev. Timothy Edwards and Esther Stoddard Edwards. His father was a pastor and his mother, the daughter of a known, influential pastor. He had a fairly interesting childhood, being born into a family of eleven, being the only boy. His youth shaped much of what would become the reason for his later actions. Edwards, at the age of nine was already seen as a model of sanctity. He secretly prayed at least five times per day and often discussed religion with others his age at prayer meetings he held with them.
His education early in his childhood wasn’t very traditional as he was schooled by his father at home. Despite this, Edwards was a brilliant individual and very academically advanced. At the young age of 13, he entered the Collegiate School, better known today as Yale University in 1716. He began studying Newton and Locke and focused on natural sciences and philosophy. He graduated Yale in 1720 and was at the top of his class. This was somewhat surprising given the circumstances throughout his time at Yale. Based on Edwards’ personality, he had a tendency to be very shy, but very studious. He was also judgmental of his classmates at times who didn’t work as hard as him. Throughout his college years, Edwards was faced with depression and various illnesses. Although he had great interests...
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