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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Determining Divine Grace

Determining Divine Grace

(p.184) 28 Determining Divine Grace
Early Evangelicalism

Sarah Osborn

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This chapter presents excerpts from Sarah Osborn's The Nature, Certainty and Evidence of True Christianity. In a Letter from a Gentlewoman in New-England, to Another Her Dear Friend, in Great Darkness, Doubt and Concern of a Religious Nature (1755). As a spiritual mentor and devout Christian, Osborn made a significant to evangelicalism. During her teenage years, she was captivated by the Puritan-style preaching of Nathaniel Clap, pastor of the city's First Congregational Church. After hearing the evangelical preaching of George Whitefield and Gilbert Tennent in the early 1740s, Osborn became an ardent supporter of the Great Awakening. In the wake of the revivals in Newport, she organized a women's society for the females in the First Congregational Church. In her letter The Nature, Certainty and Evidence of True Christianity, Osborn reflected on some of her former struggles while affirming her certainty of being born again as a result of divine grace.

Keywords:   letter, Sarah Osborn, Christianity, evangelicalism, Nathaniel Clap, First Congregational Church, Great Awakening, divine grace

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