Today in Church History: The Death of Jonathan Edwards

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  1. Terry says:

    I have mixed feelings about the First Great Awakening. Both Edwards and Whitefield were strong Calvinists, plus influenced the idea of Manifest Destiny. It was also the beginning of heavy emotional appeal revivalism, to just get people to come forward tactics that have framed so much of the American Evangelical message. I have a softer spot for Wesley, but his movement paved the way for a different kind of emotionalism.

  2. bob1 says:

    No scholar, but I was always under the impression that the emotional revival stuff was much more prevalent in the 2nd great awakening (Finney et al).

  3. Michael says:


    Both Edwards and Whitefield were hugely influential in forming the nation and the national attitude.

    The Manifest Destiny heresy still plagues us today…

  4. Michael says:


    Sarah Edwards had some sort of “experience” that marked a change in the revival…

  5. Linn says:

    There are no perfect theologians, but they did start a religious revival that carries on today (in all of its many forms). I work with people who have come here from other places (Iran, China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, France) who only know of Jesus as a vaguely religious teacher, or as a swear word. You have to work hard to get a hearing that actually builds faith in Jesus as Savior.

  6. Terry says:

    bob1 – Finney put revivalism on steroids. Look up “burned over district”. There’s a reason the American cults came from upstate New York, where Finney held endless revival meetings.

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