As Jonathan Wilson notes in his post “Looking for ‘a World of Love’: Jonathan Edwards in the Big City,” we sometimes forget that Edwards spent a few months as a teenager ministering to New York Presbyterians. As he interprets Edwards’s experience in New York, Wilson wonders if he is reading his understanding of New York in the late 19th- century back into the early eighteenth century, a time when the town had under 10,000 people.
I am going to share this post with my students. It is a great example of how a scholar wrestles with presentism. Here is a taste: