Assignment for Thursday, August 30: To complement our discussion of Puritanism on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we will focus on the life of Jonathan Edwards, a notable minister from western Massachusetts (b. 1703, d. 1758). Edwards is the subject of considerable controversy, interest, and fascination. I've studied him since 1998 and have read most of what he wrote, including many of his sermons--even some in 18th century manuscript form.
While a mere day does not do justice to the complexity of Edwards, I'd like us to examine some of his accessible key works to prepare for discussion. You must complete a primary document analsyis form for each document (3 total).
By Wednesday evening if not before, introduce yourself to JE by reading a short biography of JE here.
Document 1: Read the first 5 pages or so of the Resolutions
Document 2: Read the first 5 or 6 pages of the Personal Narrative
Document 3: Juniors, read a few pages of Distinguising Marks (after reading the intro read of few sections of DM here), and sophomores read a few pages of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
You have plenty of time to read before Thursday; come prepared with analysis forms complete.
[Thanks to the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale for providing JE resources.]