Jonathan Edwards: Puritan First and Last
This year’s Moderator, David Grimsted, continues his exploration of the Puritans: their history and their ideas about God.
The colonial world that became the United States had no more impressive figure than Jonathan Edwards. His dark vision of a justly wrathful God loving His chosen few and rightly damning most humans was the traditional church view, unsoftened by the idea’s early covenanted and communal boundaries. Edwards emphasized the religious ecstasy of those who found