Departure and Writings

Jonathan Edwards enjoyed an extended successful tenure at the Northampton church in the years 1728 1750. However, by the mid-1740s, some members of the congregation began to be bothered by Edwards’s extreme orthodoxy. Disagreements came to a head by 1750, when Edwards tried to discipline the children of several prominent families in the church for looking at a bad book, a midwives’ manual they had obtained. At last, the congregation made it clear that Edwards’s resignation was expected. Ironically, his departure from the Northampton church marked the beginning of an exceptionally productive time for Edwards. He was assigned the duties of preaching to the whites and Native Americans at the mission church in the frontier settlement of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. While at Stockbridge, Edwards embarked on a period of intense study and contemplation and produced some of his most deeply philosophical theological texts, including Freedom of the Will (1754) and The Nature of True Virtue (1765). Edwards’s Stockbridge writings captured the attention and approval of many scholars and ministers. He was invited to serve as president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1758. After serving only two months in that office, he died as the result of a reaction to a smallpox inoculation. Barbara Schwarz Wachal See also: Bible; Christ and Christianity; Ministers and the Ministry; Puritanism; Religion (Chronology); Religion (Essay); Sermons; Whitefield, George. Bibliography Aldridge, Alfred Owen. Jonathan Edwards. New York: Washington Square, 1964. Davidson, Edward H. Jonathan Edwards: The Narrative of a Puritan Mind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1968. Marsden, George M. Jonathan Edwards: A Life. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003. Scheick, William J. The Writings of Jonathan Edwards: Theme, Motif, and Style. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1975. Smith, John Edwin. Jonathan Edwards: Puritan, Preacher, Philosopher. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992. Townsend, Harvey G., ed. The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards from His Private Notebooks. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1974. Bergdahl writings show turmoil as soldier: friend – NY Daily News alltravel8Original Creators: Man Ray The Creators Project alltravel8Begumpur Mosque So Delhi alltravel8

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