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Understanding Jonathan EdwardsAn Introduction to America's Theologian$
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Gerald R. McDermott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373431

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373431.001.0001

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Edwards and Revival

Edwards and Revival

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Understanding Jonathan Edwards

Harry S. Stout

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the cultural and intellectual context for Edwards’s revival sermons preached during the “Great Awakening” of the early 1740s, concentrating on the theme of redemption with a special focus on its implications for revival preaching. The centerpiece of this preaching, indeed the apotheosis, is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” which the chapter explores theologically and rhetorically. The chapter also discusses the rhetorical significance of Edwards’s brief, handwritten, notes, which compelled a more extemporaneous delivery. Finally, it looks at the clerical opposition of “Old Lights” to Edwards and Revival as the context for Edwards’s theological treatises.

Keywords:   revival, Great Awakening, George Whitefield, preaching

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