Bellamy, Joseph

Bellamy, Joseph,

1719–90, New England clergyman, b. Cheshire, Conn. A follower of Jonathan Edwards and a powerful revivalist of the Great AwakeningGreat Awakening,
series of religious revivals that swept over the American colonies about the middle of the 18th cent. It resulted in doctrinal changes and influenced social and political thought. In New England it was started (1734) by the rousing preaching of Jonathan Edwards.
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, he preached in Bethlehem, Conn., for 52 years. Bellamy wrote True Religion Delineated (1750) and pamphlets in opposition to the Half-Way Covenant.
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Bellamy, Joseph

(1719–90) Protestant theologian; born in Cheshire, Conn. A farmer's son, he graduated from Yale in 1735, studied theology with Jonathan Edwards, and preached in several churches before becoming pastor in Bethlehem, Conn., in 1738, where he remained for the rest of his life. His influential True Religion Delineated (1750) was both a defense of Edwardian theology and a softening of it—he made the possibility of atonement universal rather than limited to the elect.
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