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Jonathan Edwards was born on October 5, 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut. He went to Yale College during 1721 to 1722. From early in his life Edwards committed himself to vindicating his beliefs before the foreign luminaries of the enlightenment by recasting Calvinism in the new and vital way that synthesized protestant theology with Newton’s physics, Locke’s psychology, the third Earl of Shaftsbury’s aesthetics and Nicholas Malebranche’s moral philosophy. (Yale) Edwards became a pastor of Northampton, Massachusetts in 1720 he was dismissed for imposing stricter qualifications for admission into his congregation. After his dismissal he went to a miss post in Stockbridge where he pastured over 150 Mahican and Mohawk families. In 1757 the College of New Jersey offered him presidency over it, he accepted, but didn’t live very long there. On March 22, 1758 he died after complications from a smallpox inoculation.

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