Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Jonathan Edwards

A brief bio of Jonathan Edwards, a continuing Reformer in the Protestant Reformation:

In the history of America, Jonathan Edwards may be her greatest theologian. Mark Noll, retired Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, calls Jonathan Edwards, β€œthe greatest evangelical mind in American history and one of the truly seminal thinkers in Christian history of the past few centuries.”[1] God used Edwards, along with George Whitefield, to spur the First Great Awakening. He was also the third President of Princeton University.[2] Edwards affirmed β€œThe Westminster Confession.”[3]


[1] Mark Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994), 24.

[2] Robert Benedetto and Donald K. McKim, Historical Dictionary of the Reformed Churches, 2nd ed., Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements 99 (Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2010), 161-62.

[3] In a letter to John Erskine, Edwards said he would have no difficulty submitting to the Westminster Confession. Jonathan Edwards, Letters and Personal Writings, vol. 16 of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, ed. George S. Claghorn (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998), 355.

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