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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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Jonathan Edwards’s Life of Brainerd

Jonathan Edwards’s Life of Brainerd

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The Lives of David Brainerd

John A. Grigg (Contributor Webpage)

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Although Brainerd's published journals had proven to be popular reading, the publication of his private writings as The Life of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards provided a fresh burst of interest in Brainerd's life. However, Edwards published the diaries as one means of dealing with a specific problem among the members of his church—their waning commitment to God. Although Edwards intended the Life of Brainerd to be an example, it proved to be one of the reasons his congregation chose to dismiss him in 1751.

Keywords:   Jonathan Edwards, communion controversy, dismissal, Life of Brainerd, Christian, enthusiasm

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