A Child of Two Worlds
David Brainerd's adult life was shaped by two formative experiences. On the one hand, he was the child of a prosperous, well-respected Connecticut family that was part of the political and social establishment. On the other, he participated in one of the more radical challenges to that establishment—the religious revivals of the 1740s. This chapter explains the ways in which these two facets of Brainerd's life worked together to shape his thinking. Beginning with his experiences at Yale during the Great Awakening, the chapter then examines Brainerd's family background. It concludes by examining the beginnings of his public ministry.
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