A Social Studies Written Report: Jonathan Edwards, An Awakener

In one of my Social Studies activities, I was asked to prepare a written report of the men I have studied about. Below are the instructions I was given to write this report.

I chose Jonathan Edwards, one of the godly people who kick-started the  first Great Awakening. Here goes...

Jonathan Edwards was an intelligent young boy who was born to a family of seven. His father and older sisters educated him for college, whereas taking him to his alma mater at the age of thirteen, the Yale College, now Yale University.

He served as a clergyman employed to supply a pulpit for eight months at a small Presbyterian Church in New York City. He was invited to stay, but he declined. He spent two months studying, then he tutored in Yale for two years. In the following year, he was a scholar-pastor, an ordained minister, and an assistant, and eventually successor, to his maternal grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, pastor of a church in Northampton, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Pierpont, daughter of James Pierpont, head founder of Yale.

July 8, 1731. One of the kick-starts of the Great Awakening is Mr. Edwards' Public Lecture preached in Boston, later published under the title "God Glorified in the Work of Redemption, by the Greatness of Man's Dependence upon Him in the Whole of It". Two years later, a Protestant revival rolled wave after wave in the Thirteen Colonies. He later met George Whitefield, who later preached in Mr. Edwards' church. Mr. Edwards preached his most famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".

These messages to New England are the cornerstone to the First Amendment, which gives us Christians the right to declare Jesus as God. This, up to now, gives the right to speak up for God.

We know Jonathan Edwards a a minister, one of the most important positions in God's kingdom. The sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is one of the things we remember him for. Another thing is the Great Awakening, which he helped to start. He passed on to us the right of free speech, the will to preach, and the gift of salvation.

Thank you, Mr. Jonathan Edwards.


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