Reverend Edwards certainly can be called the premier Christian thinker of the North American continent. He was the spokesperson for Puritan Calvinistic theology. Edwards' great, great, grandfather was Richard Edwards was an ordained minister having both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees from St. John's College, Oxford. Jonathan was one of eleven children in his family. He was educated through his father and then at Collegiate School which two years later was named Yale College. He received his Master in Arts from said college. Records show that Jonathan was ordained as pastor in Northampton church on February 15, 1727. The homestead was on King Street. His typical day was to rise at four in the morning and light a single candle and for fourteen hours every day he would study volumes of theology and, as the author says, perhaps classics in English literature. He was eloquent and made powerful impressions on the minds of his audience. His sermon manuscripts were carefully written out in a tiny booklet stitched together by hand that was place inside an oversized Bible. He wrote many excellent messages three of which are: "A Divine and Supernatural Light", "Justification by Faith Alone", and "Sinner's in the Hands of an Angry God", the latter being preached at Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741. He went against his famous grandfather Rev. Stoddard who taught the "Half-Way Covenant" which allowed the unregenerate to receive Holy Communion as long as they were not 'scandalous' in their way of life. As time progressed he was asked to leave his church because of various things which turned out to be providential. Wealthy Christians from England supported Edwards and his large family who moved to Stockbridge to minister to native Indians and a few white families. Jonathan ministered there for seven years, teaching the Indians English and the Bible. Edward's third daughter, Esther, was married to a thirty-six old Presbyterian minister who was President of the New Jersey College, later named Princeton. The husband was Aaron Burr. The mother's death was unexpected and she left Sally, age four and Aaron age two. This Aaron Burr would become the vice-president of the United States. Rev. Jonathan Edwards greatest achievement was his election to become Princeton Seminary's President and America's foremost theologian to date. He was moved by God to a prestigious pastorate in Northampton to an Indian outpost, to that of seminary president. His great interest in study and books made him very articulate in his presentation of the Christian Gospel. He went to be with the Lord on March 22, 1758 at age fifty-four.