Jonathan Edwards was a Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian. Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian,” and one of America’s greatest intellectuals. Wikipedia
Born: October 5, 1703, East Windsor, CT
Died: March 22, 1758, Princeton, NJ
Graduate of Yale College, Yale University
Married to Sarah Pierpont
One Child: Esther Edwards Burr
As a young man struggling to accept the Calvinist view of the sovereignty of God, Jonathan Edwards once penned the following words: “From my childhood up my mind had been full of objections against the doctrine of God’s sovereignty… It used to appear like a horrible doctrine to me.” But in 1721, something changes. Jonathan Edwards came to the delightful conviction that God is in deed sovereign. It came about as he was meditating on 1 Timothy 1:17. In his own words the illumination is recorded as such: “As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from any thing I ever experienced before… I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that was, and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be rapt up to him in heaven; and be as it were swallowed up in him for ever!” This understand, Edwards later recognized, was his conversion to Christ as Lord and Savior.