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Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758)

Jonathan Edwards

This unforgettable minister and philosophical theologian is best known for his single sermon describing God’s wrath: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” In this notable sermon, Edwards preached that the sinner was held tenuously over the abyss of hell like a spider on a web. Revulsion against his preaching and writing long promoted the advance of Unitarianism.

Jonathan Edwards was a pivotal American Calvinist who described, criticized, and promoted religious revivals, since he thought they might signal the coming of the millennium.

A whole library of volumes written by and about Edwards continue to be published anew. He was frequently afflicted with illnesses such as depression, likely allied with social rejection.

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