Life and Thought of Jonathan Edwards

Many consider Jonathan Edwards the greatest American Philosopher and Theologian of all time. His impact upon American thought and literature and upon the church is immeasurable. His fiery sermons, powerful logic, incredible moral resolve, and passionate devotion to the Lord have inspired countless Christians even to this day. Join Dr. Stephen Nichols as he presents the life and thought of this celebrated, historic figure.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with Ligonier Connect students from around the world. In the Worldwide Class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the course at your own pace
    • Discuss questions and share notes with your classmates
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content with an active Ligonier Connect subscription
  • Create your own group class

    Take this course with your own private group of friends, family, or church members. With a group class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the class together on a schedule or allow members to work at their own pace
    • Invite anyone to join your class (requires a Ligonier Connect subscription)
    • Moderate discussion questions and leave feedback for each member of your class
    • Monitor each member's progress at a glance

About this course

We often romanticize the lives of former saints, considering their lives "charmed." The life of Jonathan Edwards, perhaps America's greatest theologian, challenges this tendency. Despite enduring poverty, conflict, rejection, illness, and the death of loved ones, Edwards never failed to trust God's redemptive purposes for His people. Edwards marveled at the beauty of God's work in creation and among His people, and no hardship could stop him from expounding it.


This course has been approved by the Association of Christian Schools International for one Continuing Education Unit.

Course Path Overview

  • Getting Started

    • Welcome to Life and Thought of Jonathan Edwards

      • to-do Review Course Material
      • to-do Update Your Student Profile
      • to-do Introduce Yourself
      • read Introduction
  • His Early Life

    • Lesson 1: His Early Life

      • read Introduction
      • watch His Early Life
      • read Chapters 1-2
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 1 Self-Assessment
  • A Minister of the Gospel

    • Lesson 2: A Minister of the Gospel

      • read Introduction
      • watch A Minister of the Gospel
      • read Chapters 8 & 11
      • read The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 2 Self-Assessment
  • The Great Awakening

    • Lesson 3: The Great Awakening

      • read Introduction
      • watch The Great Awakening
      • read Chapters 4, 5, & 10
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 3 Self-Assessment
  • His Big Idea

    • Lesson 4: His Big Idea

      • read Introduction
      • watch His Big Idea
      • read Chapters 3 & 7
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 4 Self-Assessment
  • The Conflict at Northampton

    • Lesson 5: The Conflict at Northampton

      • read Introduction
      • watch The Conflict at Northampton
      • read Chapter 6
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 5 Self-Assessment
  • The Missionary

    • Lesson 6: The Missionary

      • read Introduction
      • watch The Missionary
      • read Chapters 9 & 12
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 6 Self-Assessment