Talk:Jonathan Edwards (theologian)

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Is it correct to describe him as American when the United States didn't exist during his lifetime? Tigerboy1966  20:43, 30 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Should we be calling Edwards Puritan?[edit]

As I understand he is within Puritan thought but he himself isn’t a Puritan since he isn’t a member of the Church of England. Aquahelper (talk) 16:21, 29 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Originally, the Puritans who settled in New England maintained that they were members of the CofE, but once they got to America they became Congregationalists; so New England Puritanism is synonymous with early Congregationalism. Edwards was a Congregationalist who lived at a time when the Puritan era was ending and New England social and religious patterns were changing. I think we can say he was a Puritan or at least that he was part of the Puritan theological heritage. Ltwin (talk) 02:34, 30 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Upon review of Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden, I think we have to say that "Edwards was loyal to the theology inherited from the seventeenth-century Puritans and their continental 'Reformed,' or Calvinistic, counterparts ...", in the words of Marsden. Marsden seems to assume that the Puritan era is over by the time Edwards comes on the scene. Ltwin (talk) 02:49, 30 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

So it’s NOT right to refer to him as a ‘Puritan’ - everyone agrees? He was an 18th century theologian and evangelist who built on Puritan theology, but it’s at best misleading to call him a Puritan, right? JPMorgan2 (talk) 07:09, 23 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Missing reference[edit]

Close to the top of the article is a note that references ‘Smith, 2005.’ However, I could not find this publication in the Reference list. Does anyone know what this publication is? The author of this part of the article seems to have had reason for believing it was important. JPMorgan2 (talk) 07:32, 23 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JPMorgan2:, they weren't alphabetized. Smith is there, and I moved it into order. Outriggr (talk) 08:11, 23 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article cleanup[edit]

Guess I'll just leave a notice here for any other editors watching this page. I'll be cleaning up sources, citing material, and (most likely) rewriting sections to rely more on in-line citations from peer-reviewed journals and book sources. Essentially, I'll try to get this page into a repaired and more comprehensive shape than how it is currently portrayed. Perhaps, I can get it to Good Article status, but who knows — there's quite a lot of work to do here. PoliticsIsExciting (talk) 03:12, 2 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]