The second installment of a five-part series presenting documents relating to the “Qualifications Controversy” that led to Edwards’ dismissal at Northampton, this article presents a series of “relations,” or lay spiritual autobiographies presented for church membership. These relations come from other Massachusetts churches, many of whose pastors were aligned with Edwards, and yet reveal some significant differences from the form and content that Edwards came to advocate for such relations.

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Copyright © 2014, The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. This article first appeared in Jonathan Edwards Studies: 4:1 (2014), 110-145.

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