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Morgan Edwards

Discussion in 'Baptist History' started by baptistteacher, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. baptistteacher

    Jan 3, 2003
    Does anyone have any information on Morgan Edwards [b. May 9, 1722 in Trevethin parish, Wales].
    He pastored in England and Ireland before immigrating to the American Colonies in 1761. He is called the "premier Baptist historian of his day" in Hal Lindsay's book Vanished Into Thin Air, p. 133.
  2. Joseph M. Smith

    Joseph M. Smith New Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    Here is a link to an article by Buddy Shurden at Mercer University:

  3. rlvaughn

    rlvaughn Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Edwards is an important early American Baptist leader, as you quote; or as Howard R. Stewart called him: "...the outstanding American Baptist leader of the eighteenth century, simply because of being the primary contributor and motivator in more areas of Baptist church life than any other person."

    Online in addition to what Joseph posted above:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Edwards (not much here)

    Besides whatever you might find online, two important books about him are:

    McKibbens, Thomas R., Jr., and Kenneth L. Smith. The Life and Works of Morgan Edwards. New York: Arno Press, 1980.
    This can be found on The Baptist History Collection CD-ROM - Version 1.0, which is a great buy.

    Stewart, Howard R. A dazzling enigma: the story of Morgan Edwards. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1995.

    If there is a Baptist seminary/college/university anywhere nearby, you can probably find those two, plus Edwards' two volumes, Materials towards a history of the Baptists. Something much harder to come by is Edwards' Customs of Primitive Churches...

    A few interesting things:
    1. His unusual eschatological ideas (at least for his day) have become popular with Baptist pre-tribulation rapturists as a way around the accusations of its Darby/Irving origins.
    2. Two things that possibly hindered his usefulness in his own day were (a) he was one of few (if any) Baptist "Tories"; it seems he possibly feared American Protestantism could become a worse persecutor of Baptists than the English; and (b) his premonition that he would die in 1770 and his subsequent resignation of the Baptist church at Philadelphia. (See the Brown University link above.)
  4. baptistteacher

    Jan 3, 2003
    Thanks for the info! Will check that out.

    About the Wikipedia article - that is an entry that I had just started the day before. I hope to be able to flesh it out a bit more.
  5. David Lamb

    David Lamb Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    McClintock and Strong's "Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature" has this about Morgan Edwards:

    Edwards, Morgan
    a Baptist minister, was born in Trevethin parish, Wales, May 9, 1722. He
    commenced preaching in 1738, supplied for seven years a small
    congregation in Boston, Lincolnshire, and thence removed to Cork,
    Ireland, where he was pastor for nine years. After spending one year more
    at Rye, in Sussex, he emigrated to America, and in May, 1761, became
    pastor of the Baptist Church in Philadelphia. In 1772 he removed to
    Newark, Delaware, and preached to several vacant churches until the
    commencement of the Revolution. After the war he delivered lectures on
    divinity in Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania, as well as in New
    Jersey, Delaware, and New England. He died January 28, 1795. Besides
    various manuscripts, he left behind him forty-two volumes of sermons. He
    published a number of occasional sermons, addresses, pamphlets, etc. —​

    I hope this helps.

    Every blessing.