Portrait of American Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards.

Jonathan Edwards

(1703 - 1758)

At the age of nineteen, the abstemious Congregationalist preacher Jonathan Edwards boasted of being “much more sprightly and healthy, both in body and mind, for my self-denial…It would be advantageous every morning to consider my business and temptations…and to make a resolution how…to avoid those sins.”

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