Jonathan Edwards on Education and His Educational Legacy

Kenneth P. Minkema

in After Jonathan Edwards

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756292
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950379 | DOI:
Jonathan Edwards on Education and His Educational Legacy

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Jonathan Edwards was deeply involved in education, as a tutor at Yale College, with catechists in his congregation at Northampton, with Indian children at Stockbridge, and as president of the College of New Jersey. He also took aspiring ministerial candidates into his home, teaching them theology. From this central pedagogical impulse, Edwards’s own students, most famously Samuel Hopkins and Joseph Bellamy, used a “mentor’s” model for rusticating ministerial students and building “schools of the prophets” of a home-grown variety. New Divinity men and women became teachers, professors, and presidents of educational institutions, training new missionaries in particular. With the mainstreaming of the New England Theology, however, divisions arose within the movement over the true meaning and inheritors of Edwards’s legacy; feuds broke out among institutions, including breakaway schools such as the East Windsor Seminary. After the movement dissolved, some educators carried the torch of Edwardsianism into the twentieth century.

Keywords: Jonathan Edwards; education; Stockbridge; New Divinity; Edwardsianism; Joseph Bellamy; Samuel Hopkins

Chapter.  8132 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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