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31 Aug 1989

In the Wake of the Great Awakening

by the Editors | Issue 23

New Members

The first major result of the Awakening was the strengthening of the churches of America. The Congregationalists of New England received the greatest benefit: according to Ezra Stiles, president of Yale College, during the 20 years following 1740 the establishment of “ . . . above 150 new churches has taken place. . . . ” The Awakening brought the total number of Congregational churches to 530. Historians have estimated that from 25,000 to 50,000 people were added to the membership of New England churches as a result of the...

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1 Sept 1989

God’s Wonderful Working

by the Editors | Issue 23

Decades before the Revolution that gave birth to the United States, a different kind of revolution born of God’s Spirit swept the land.

New England

When Rev. Solomon Stoddard died in 1729 at 86 years, his grandson, Jonathan Edwards, who had been his assistant for two years, became pastor of the Congregational Church of Northampton, Massachusetts. His congregation could not have guessed that one day their tall, mild new minister would be called one of the best minds America has ever produced, and her greatest Christian thinker. He also would...

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15 Nov 1985

Jonathan Edwards: A Gallery of Friends, Foes & Followers

by the Editors | Issue 8

George Whitefield (1714–1770)

George Whitefield was a famous friend of Edwards. While American revivalists such as Edwards and Gilbert Tennent limited their activities to relatively small areas, Whitefield enlarged the Awakening into an intercolonial, interdenominational effort aimed at restoring spiritual energy to churches. Whitefield, an Anglican priest, was a fiery preacher and could move vast audiences with his intensely dramatic sermons. The great English actor David Garrick claimed he would give a hundred guineas just to be able to...

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15 Nov 1985

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Did You Know?

by the Editors | Issue 8

Jonathan Edwards  was the only son in a family of eleven children . He and his wife Sarah had eleven children of their own.

Though John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards were born the same year (1703) and admired each other’s evangelistic work, the two men never met . Both were friends of George Whitefield and both emphasized the need for conversion and heartfelt religion. Edwards read Wesley’s Hymns and Sacred Poems  and Wesley supervised the publication in England of Edwards’ Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion .

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15 Nov 1985

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: From the Publisher

by the Editor | Issue 8

THIS IS OUR FOURTH ISSUE THIS YEAR and completes our first year as a quarterly publication . Four other issues appeared as an “occasional” publication. Thus, we now have published eight issues.

We still have no paid or fulltime staff and management, and administration is done on a volunteer basis. We are most thankful to those who have worked long and hard to make this magazine possible.

We are also indebted to you readers who take the time to write and give us your suggestions. Several future issues are now in process as a direct response...

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15 Nov 1990

1740 The Great Awakening Peaks

by Mark A. Noll | Issue 28

IN THE FALL OF 1740, a farmer near Hartford, Connecticut, heard life-changing news. Nathan Cole was a conventionally religious man whose conscience had been increasingly troubled by an unmet need for God. The news was that the young revivalist George Whitefield would be preaching twelve miles away in Middletown. Immediately, as Cole later wrote, “I . . . ran to my pasture for my horse with all my might,” and with his wife hastened to Middletown “as if we were fleeing for our lives.” They arrived just in time to see Whitefield mount the...

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31 May 1993

Pushing to the Point of Exhaustion

by Arnold Dallimore and the editors | Issue 38

Arnold Dallimore, well-known biographer of George Whitefield, had agreed to contribute to this issue of Christian History , but regrettably, a recent turn in his health prevented that. In place of that article we offer a chapter, condensed, from his monumental biography, George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th-Century Revival. In this abridged excerpt, Dallimore shows us a single year in Whitefield’s life—1750.

SEVENTEEN-FIFTY opened with Whitefield in London. There his chief duty was the pastoral care...

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  • Great Awakening $14.40

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