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The Lives of David BrainerdThe Making of an American Evangelical Icon$
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John A Grigg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372373.001.1

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A Child of Two Worlds

A Child of Two Worlds

(p.7) 1 A Child of Two Worlds
The Lives of David Brainerd

John A. Grigg (Contributor Webpage)

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David Brainerd's adult life was shaped by two formative experiences. On the one hand, he was the child of a prosperous, well-respected Connecticut family that was part of the political and social establishment. On the other, he participated in one of the more radical challenges to that establishment—the religious revivals of the 1740s. This chapter explains the ways in which these two facets of Brainerd's life worked together to shape his thinking. Beginning with his experiences at Yale during the Great Awakening, the chapter then examines Brainerd's family background. It concludes by examining the beginnings of his public ministry.

Keywords:   David Brainerd, Yale, revival, establishment, order, Connecticut, stability

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