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John Locke: The Great-Grandfather of Our Country

Written By: Tim George  |  Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

            Whenever people begin to talk about the Founding Fathers of our nation, they generally think in terms of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other such important figures of the Revolution. Of course, all of these deserve their place in our Parthenon of freedom, but two figures are all but forgotten by all but a relatively few academics.

            Jonathan Edwards was as unlikely a forbearer to the cause of a new nation as one can imagine. However, it was his stalwart preaching in New England that, along with George Whitefield, ushered in the First Great Awakening and all but saved the colonies from going the way of anarchists France. With America's spiritual foundations strengthened, the stage was set for men and women with strength of character to lead the way in the decades to come.

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