Jonathan Edwards

(1703—1758) theologian and philosopher

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American philosopher, ardent divine, and formidable preacher who provoked the fervent religious revival in New England known as the ‘Great Awakening’. His principal philosophical work A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Modern Prevailing Notions of…Freedom of Will (1754), in which he attacked from a predestinarian standpoint the Arminian view of liberty, occasioned Dr Johnson's aphorism, ‘All theory is against the freedom of the will; all experience for it.’

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