Jonathan Edwards America's Evangelical

Philip F. Gura

Hill and Wang



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304 Pages



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Jonathan Edwards was America's most influential evangelical, whose revivals of the 1730s became those against which all subsequent ones have been judged.

The accomplishment of Philip F. Gura's Jonathan Edwards is to place the rich intellectual landscape of America's most formidable evangelical within the upheaval of his times. Gura not only captures Edwards's brilliance but also respectfully explains the enduring appeal of his theology: in a world of profound uncertainty, it held out hope of an authentic conversion—quickening of the indwelling spirit of God in one's heart and the consequent certitude of godly behavior and everlasting grace.

Tracing Jonathan Edwards's life from his birth in 1703 to his untimely death in 1758, Gura magnificently reasserts Edwards's rightful claim as the father of America's evangelical tradition.


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Jonathan Edwards
[ONE]A Place in Time: The Connecticut Valley (1703)GEOGRAPHYIn 1703 the Reverend Timothy Edwards and his wife, Esther, welcomed their sole male child, Jonathan, into a family that already included five girls and was to grow by five more.1 For the previous nine years Timothy had ministered to Windsor Farms, the east parish of Windsor (later South Windsor), where he remained his entire career, which spanned another fifty-five years. One of the oldest towns in the colony of Connecticut, Windsor is situated where the Farmington River joins the great Connecticut River, New England's
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  • Philip F. Gura

  • Philip F. Gura is William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in English, American Studies, and Religious Studies.
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