Northampton in Hampshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Jonathan Edwards is often remembered as the stern Puritan who preached fire and brimstone sermons such as his notorious "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Yet Edwards was also America's preeminent thinker of the 18th century. Besides being a moving force in the Great Awakening, Edwards was a relentless speculative scientist, an acute psychologist, a world famous theologian and philosopher.
Edwards first came to Northampton in 1726 to assist his grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, in his ministry. When Stoddard died in 1729, the young, but brilliant, Jonathan Edwards took his place. Edwards was impressed with John Locke's notion that all knowledge comes through the senses. Although he delivered his sermons in a controlled monotone, the vivid images that he created in the minds of his parishioners unleashed a religious revival in the 1730s, preparing the way for the Great Awakening that swept through all of British North America in the 1740s.
Edwards' preaching had been marvelously effective, but he those who resented Edwards for setting aside the more liberal doctrines of his grandfather, Solomon Stoddard. Others feared
Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center
46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060
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Edward's farewell sermon to his Northampton Congregation
A memorial bronze relief of Jonathan Edwards by Herbert Adams was installed in the First Church in 1900.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1726.
Location. 42° 19.143′ N, 72° 37.851′ W. Marker is in Northampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County. Marker is on Main Street (Massachusetts Route 9) near Gothic Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 129 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Bank (here, next to this marker); Shop Row (here, next to this marker); The First Church (here, next to this marker); Third Meeting House Step (a few steps from this marker); Shays' Rebellion (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampshire County (within shouting distance of this marker); Nonotuck (within shouting distance of this marker); Daley & Halligan (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northampton.
Also see . . .
1. Jonathan Edwards (theologian) (Wikipedia). (Submitted on April 4, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. (Submitted on April 4, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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