EDWARDS, JONATHAN (1629 - 1712), cleric and controversialist

Name: Jonathan Edwards
Date of birth: 1629
Date of death: 1712
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric and controversialist
Area of activity: Education; Religion
Author: Elwyn Evans

Born at Wrexham. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1655, graduated in 1659, and became Fellow of Jesus College in 1662 and vice-principal in 1668. Livings and appointments held by him included: rector of Kiddington, rector of Hinton Ampner, rector of Llandysul, Cards., and vicar of Clynnog-fawr, Caern.; in 1686 he was elected principal of Jesus, and was vice-chancellor of the university 1689-91; treasurer of Llandaff cathedral. He had spirited controversies with the Socinians and with the Antinomians.

He published A Preservative against Socinianism in four parts, 1693-1703, and A Vindication of the Doctrine of Original Sin from the exceptions of Dr. Daniel Whitby (Oxford, 1711). He died 20 July 1712, at the age of 83, bequeathed his library to Jesus College, and left money towards the repair of the college chapel where he was buried.

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Published date: 1959

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