First Life~He entered Yale College at age 13 and graduated with honors. He became a pastor, and his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God,” started the Great Awakening, a revival that swept America, uniting the colonies prior to the Revolution.He became President of Princeton College. His name was Jonathan Edwards, born October 5, 1703, and he married Sarah Pierrepont.
First Results~According to “A Study in Education and Heredity” by A.E. Winship (1900), their descendants included: 1 U.S. Vice-President, 3 U.S. Senators, 3 governors, 3 mayors, 13 college presidents, 30 judges, 65 professors, 80 public office holders, 100 lawyers, and 100 missionaries.
Second Life~This same study examined a family known as “Jukes.” In 1877, after visiting New York's prisons, Richard Dugdale found inmates with 42 different last names all descended from one man, called “Max,” born 1720 of Dutch stock. Max was idle, ignorant and vulgar.
Second Results~His descendants included only 20 with a trade, 310 paupers, who, combined spent 2,300 years in poorhouses, 50 women of debauchery, 400 physically wrecked by indulgent living, 7 murderers, 60 thieves, and 130 other convicts.
The “Jukes” cost the state more than $1,250,000.
“So shall my Word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
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