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Holy Children are Happy Children: Jonathan Edwards and Puritan Childhood

  title={Holy Children are Happy Children: Jonathan Edwards and Puritan Childhood},
  author={Russell J Allen},
The eighteenth century is often considered the most important era in the history of childhood. Old Puritan conceptions of original sin and physical punishment gave way to Enlightenment concepts of childhood innocence and rationality. Jonathan Edwards was a central figure who stood in the midst of this intellectual change. Situated quite literally in the middle of the transitioning eighteenth century, Edwards’ attempted to bridge the gap between Puritan conceptions of childhood and new ideas… 


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