Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening

from Jul 05, 2018 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

Here’s an excerpt from Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening, Stephen Nichols’ contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk:

On May 10, 1716, Jonathan Edwards wrote a letter to one of his ten sisters, Mary. Written when he was twelve years old, it is the earliest known letter by Edwards. The very first paragraph is about awakening. That is to say, the earliest extant sentence that we have from Jonathan Edwards is about awakening. Edwards writes:

Dear Mary, Through the wonderful mercy and goodness of God there hath in this place been a very remarkable stirring and pouring out of the Spirit of God, and likewise now is, but I think I have reason to think it is in some measure diminished, but I hope not much. About thirteen have joined the church in an estate of full communion… . I think there comes commonly a-Mondays above thirty persons to speak with father about the condition of their souls.

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