American religious thought: from edwards to emerson-and beyond



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AMHERST COLLEGE
Religion 48

AMERICAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT: FROM EDWARDS TO EMERSON--AND BEYOND

Fall 2009 Professor David W. Wills

MW 2:00-3:20 Chapin 112

September 8: Introduction to the Class
September 9: Fearful Sinners vs. the Self-Reliant?

Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” in John E. Smith, Harry S. Stout, and Kenneth P. Minkema, eds, The Jonathan Edwards Reader, pp. 89-105 (purchase).

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” in David M. Robinson, The Spiritual Emerson, pp.83-109 (purchase).
September 14:

George Marsden, A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards, chs. 1-3 (purchase).

Jonathan Edwards, “Personal Narrative,” “Diary,” “Resolutions,” “Apostrophe to Sarah Pierpont,” “Letter to Timothy Edwards,” in JE Reader, pp. 281-295, 266-281, 298-300 (purchase).
September 16:

Michael McGiffert, ed., God’s Plot: Puritan Spirituality in Thomas Shepard’s Cambridge, Rev. & Enlarged edition, pp. ix-xiv, 3-79 (purchase)



Exercise Due (2pp)

September 21

McGiffert, God’s Plot, selections to be announced.

Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography, p p 64-66, 87-104 (packet)


September 23

Marsden, SLJE, c h. 4-5

Jonathan Edwards, “A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God,” “A Divine and Supernatural Light” in JE Reader, pp. 57--87, 105-124.

Review “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

Jonathan Edwards, “To George Whitefield” and “To John Lyman,” JE Reader, pp.300- 303.




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