However, the congregation did not go along with this belief and dismissed him rather than abandon their custom. Edwards then became a missionary to Indians at Stockbridge. In 1757 he was elected president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), and he died a short time after that in 1758.
Dominant Themes Addressed in the Work: Edwards was one of this country=s finest philosophers as well as theologians. His school of disciples known as the ANew Divinity@ had a powerful influence on the religious and political cultures of late colonial and early republican America.
The Great Awakening was a turning point in Edward=s religious and philosophic thought, and he felt that basically the Awakening was the work of the Holy Spirit. One of his most famous sermons preached to further this Great Awakening was the influential Enfield sermon which was called ASinners in the Hands of an Angry God.@ As Fern put it, A(Edwards) was by now an itinerant evangelist bent upon helping his brother ministers to incite among their parishioners a quickened sense of the periods of coming into disfavor with God.@ (xx)
It should be noted, however, that such sermons revealed only one aspect of Edwards= theology and writings. He should not be solely evaluated on the basis of his revivalist writings.
In 1742, Edwards published ASome Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England.@ His earlier work, AA Faithful Narrative@ had become a handbook of revivalism. Ferm calls it Aa pioneer study in the psychology of religion by the method of observation.@ (xviii). In the APresent Revival,@ Edwards stressed the need for some kind of experience as opposed to the emphasis on physical manifestation. He argued that there are other features of a revival not accompanied by emotional outbursts.
In 1746, his AA Treatise Concerning Religious Affections@ appeared. This work contains his philosophy and psycholog...
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