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Edwards, Jonathan
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(Oct 5, 1703, East Windsor, CT – Mar 22, 1758, Princeton, NJ). American philosopher-theologian who described the revival (Revival/Revival movements) in his Northampton (MA) parish in A Faithful Narrative (1737) and defended the Great Awakening in The Distinguishing Marks (1741) and Some Thoughts Concerning the Revival (1743). In 1746 he published an analysis of religious experience, Religious Affections. After losing his pulpit (1750) in a controversy over communion qualifications, Edwards led a mission to Indians in Sockbridge (MA), where he wrote Freedom of …

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McDermott, Gerald R., “Edwards, Jonathan”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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