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Please use a different, updated web browser to use wtsbooks. A number of New Englanders were shaken by the revivals but not converted, and became convinced of their inexorable damnation. Edwards wrote that "multitudes" felt urged—presumably by Satan—to take their own lives. It is not known if any others took their own lives, but the "suicide craze"  effectively ended the first wave of revival, except in some parts of Connecticut. However, despite these setbacks and the cooling of religious fervor, word of the Northampton revival and Edwards's leadership role had spread as far as England and Scotland.
It was at this time that Edwards was acquainted with George Whitefield , who was traveling the Thirteen Colonies on a revival tour in — The two men may not have seen eye to eye on every detail. Whitefield was far more comfortable with the strongly emotional elements of revival than Edwards was, but they were both passionate about preaching the Gospel.
They worked together to orchestrate Whitefield's trip, first through Boston and then to Northampton. When Whitefield preached at Edwards's church in Northampton, he reminded them of the revival they had experienced just a few years before. Revival began to spring up again, and Edwards preached his most famous sermon " Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God ", in Enfield, Connecticut in Though this sermon has been widely reprinted as an example of " fire and brimstone " preaching in the colonial revivals, this is not in keeping with Edward's actual preaching style.
Edwards did not shout or speak loudly, but talked in a quiet, emotive voice.
He moved his audience slowly from point to point, towards an inexorable conclusion: they were lost without the grace of God. While most 21st-century readers notice the damnation looming in such a sermon text, historian George Marsden reminds us that Edwards' was not preaching anything new or surprising: "Edwards could take for granted The problem was getting them to seek it. The movement met with opposition from conservative Congregationalist ministers.
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In , Edwards published in its defense The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God , dealing particularly with the phenomena most criticized: the swoonings, outcries, and convulsions. These "bodily effects," he insisted, were not distinguishing marks of the work of the Spirit of God one way or another; but so bitter was the feeling against the revival in the more strictly Puritan churches, that in , he was forced to write a second apology, Thoughts on the Revival in New England, where his main argument concerned the great moral improvement of the country.
In the same pamphlet, he defends an appeal to the emotions, and advocates preaching terror when necessary, even to children, who in God's sight "are young vipers He considers "bodily effects" incidental to the real work of God, but his own mystic devotion and the experiences of his wife during the Awakening which he gives in detail make him think that the divine visitation usually overpowers the body, a view in support of which he quotes Scripture.
In these works, he urged conduct as the sole test of conversion, and the general convention of Congregational ministers in the Province of Massachusetts Bay protested "against disorders in practice which have of late obtained in various parts of the land. To offset this feeling, Edwards preached at Northampton, during the years and , a series of sermons published under the title of Religious Affections , a restatement in a more philosophical and general tone of his ideas as to "distinguishing marks.
In , he published a memoir of David Brainerd who had lived with his family for several months and had died at Northampton in Brainerd had been constantly attended by Edwards's daughter Jerusha, to whom he was rumored to have been engaged to be married, though there is no surviving evidence of this. In the course of elaborating his theories of conversion, Edwards used Brainerd and his ministry as a case study, making extensive notes of his conversions and confessions. While Edwards owned slaves  for most of his adult life, he did experience a change of heart  in regards to the Atlantic slave trade.
Though he purchased a newly imported slave named Venus in , Edwards later denounced the practice of importing slaves from Africa in a pamphlet. After being dismissed from the pastorate, he ministered to a tribe of Mohican Indians in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In , there had come a crisis in his relations with his congregation. The Half-Way Covenant , adopted by the synods of and , had made baptism alone the condition to the civil privileges of church membership, but not of participation in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Edwards's grandfather and predecessor in the pastorate, Solomon Stoddard, had been even more liberal, holding that the Supper was a converting ordinance and that baptism was a sufficient title to all the privileges of the church. As early as , Edwards, in his sermons on Religious Affections, had plainly intimated his dislike of this practice.
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In the same year, he had published in a church meeting the names of certain young people, members of the church, who were suspected of reading improper books, and also the names of those who were to be called as witnesses in the case. It has often been reported that the witnesses and accused were not distinguished on this list, and so the entire congregation was in an uproar. However, Patricia Tracy's research has cast doubt on this version of the events, noting that in the list he read from, the names were definitely distinguished.
Those involved were eventually disciplined for disrespect to the investigators rather than for the original incident. In any case, the incident further deteriorated the relationship between Edwards and the congregation. Edwards's preaching became unpopular.
For four years, no candidate presented himself for admission to the church, and when one eventually did, in , he was met with Edwards's formal tests as expressed in the Distinguishing Marks and later in Qualifications for Full Communion , The candidate refused to submit to them, the church backed him, and the break between the church and Edwards was complete. Even permission to discuss his views in the pulpit was refused. He was allowed to present his views on Thursday afternoons.
His sermons were well attended by visitors, but not his own congregation. A council was convened to decide the communion matter between the minister and his people. The congregation chose half the council, and Edwards was allowed to select the other half of the council. His congregation, however, limited his selection to one county where the majority of the ministers were against him.
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The ecclesiastical council voted that the pastoral relation be dissolved. The church members, by a vote of more than to 23, ratified the action of the council, and finally a town meeting voted that Edwards should not be allowed to occupy the Northampton pulpit, though he continued to live in the town and preach in the church by the request of the congregation until October In his "Farewell Sermon" he preached from 2 Corinthians and directed the thoughts of his people to that far future when the minister and his people would stand before God.
In a letter to Scotland after his dismissal, he expresses his preference for Presbyterian to congregational polity. His position at the time was not unpopular throughout New England. His doctrine that the Lord's Supper is not a cause of regeneration and that communicants should be professing Protestants has since largely through the efforts of his pupil Joseph Bellamy become a standard of New England Congregationalism. Edwards was in high demand. A parish in Scotland could have been procured, and he was called to a Virginia church.
He declined both, to become in , pastor of the church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and a missionary to the Housatonic Indians, taking over for the recently deceased John Sergeant.
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