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Edwards Amasa Park

(1808—1900)


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Edwards Amasa Park was born on 29 December 1808 in Providence, Rhode Island. His father, Calvin Park, was professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics at Brown University, and was a Congregationalist theologian in the Jonathan Edwards tradition of New Divinity Calvinism. Edwards Park began college studies at Brown at the age of thirteen and graduated with his BA in 1826, already prepared to follow precisely in his father's theological heritage. Park went to Andover Seminary in 1828 to study with another New Divinity theologian, Leonard Woods. He graduated from Andover in 1831, was ordained into the ministry, and became pastor of the Congregationalist church in Braintree, Massachusetts. In 1835–6 he was professor of mental and moral philosophy at Amherst College. In 1836 Andover Seminary appointed him to the position of Bartlet Professor of Sacred Rhetoric. Upon Woods's retirement in 1847, Park was named Abbot Professor of Christian Theology at Andover, which he held until retiring in 1881. Park died on 4 June 1900 in Andover, Massachusetts.

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From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

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