Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
  • Born: October 5, 1703
  • Died: March 22, 1758
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Pastor, Theologian, Missionary









Jonathan Edwards was an American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian. His colonial followers later distinguished themselves from other Congregationalists as "New Lights" (endorsing the Great Awakening), as opposed to "Old Lights" (non-revivalists). Edwards is widely regarded as one of America's most important and original philosophical theologians. Edwards' theological work is broad in scope, but he was rooted in Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage. Recent studies have emphasized how thoroughly Edwards grounded his life's work on conceptions of beauty, harmony, and ethical fittingness, and how central The Enlightenment was to his mindset. Edwards played a critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first revivals in 1733–35 at his church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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The smack of the whip is all day long in the ears of those who are on the plantation, or in the vicinity; and it is used with such dexterity and severity as not only to lacerate the skin, but to tear out small portions of the flesh at almost every stroke. This is THE GENERAL TREATMENT of the Slaves. But many individuals suffer still more severely. Many are knocked down; some have their eyes beaten out; some have an arm or a leg broken, OR CHOPPED OFF; and many, for a very small or for no crime at all, have been BEATEN TO DEATH. Miscellaneous ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The whole world of mankind is divided into these two sorts, those that are God's visible people; and those that are of the visible kingdom of Satan. Human Nature
There has been a very great alteration among the youth of the town, with respect to reveling, frolicking, profane and unclean conversation, and lewd songs: instances of fornication have been very rare: there has also been a great alteration amongst both old and young with respect to tavern-haunting. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to well, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to do. Freedom & Liberty
Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.
I assert that nothing ever comes to pass without a cause.
Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life. Life ;Religion & God
Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. Religion & God ;New Years
Sincere friendship towards God, in all who believe him to be properly an intelligent, willing being, does most apparently, directly, and strongly incline to prayer; and it no less disposes the heart strongly to desire to have our infinitely glorious. Religion & God ;Friendship
The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music. Music, Chants & Rapps
The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted. Religion & God ;Happiness & Unhappiness
The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh. Travel
To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Religion & God
True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will. Power