“They are Precious Gifts of Heaven”: Jonathan Edwards’s Works in Brazil


  • Franklin Ferreira


Early Modern History


In this meeting that celebrates the global reception of Jonathan Edwards, considered “the greatest philosopher-theologian yet to grace the American scene”,[1]born in this country 316 years ago, I would like to summarize the reception of Edwards and his writings in Brazil. For the purpose of context, I believe it may be useful to share, in a nutshell, the history of Protestantism in Brazil, the various transformations it has experienced, and how Edwards’ writings fit into this story

[1]  Perry Miller, “General Editor’s Note,” The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 1, Freedom of the Will, ed. Paul Ramsey (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2009), viii.