John Edwards to Speak about Jonathan Edwards

John H. Edwards will speak about “The Works of Jonathan Edwards and the Importance of History” at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in Dulany Auditorium at William Woods University. The speech is part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Edwards will speak on Jonathan Edwards’ place in American History and encourage students to find historical figures that will motivate and excite them.

For 10 years, Edwards was the transcriber and administrator for publishing “The Works of Jonathan Edwards.” The project is based at Yale University.

Jonathan Edwards was considered by many to be one of the greatest preachers in American history, as well as a respected philosopher. He was born in Connecticut into a family with a long tradition of ministry. His most celebrated works include his “Treatise Concerning Religious Affections” and “Treatise on Grace.”

The goal of the project, “The Works of Jonathan Edwards,” is to publish a modern critical edition of the entire corpus of Edwards’ published and unpublished works. They will all eventually be made into a searchable, electronic format.

“The Works of Jonathan Edwards” sponsors conferences and educational enterprises to help make the thought of early America’s greatest thinker available to the public.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., John H. Edwards earned his B.A. from Boston College and then received his M.A. in Early American History from San Francisco State University. He has been a board member for Hamden Hall Country Day School, a private K-12 school in Hamden, Conn., since 1991 and has been chairman since 2000.