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Tennent, Gilbert - Timeline Biography

Time Period

02-05-1703 - 07-23-1764

Description

Gilbert Tennent was born in Ireland and immigrated to Pennsylvania with his family in 1718. As the oldest son of Presbyterian minister William Tennent, he graduated from and became actively involved in his father’s "Log College," which trained Presbyterian ministers in America. His religious zeal led him to become an active revivalist during the First Great Awakening. Prominent revivalist George Whitefield even sought him when he arrived in the Middle Colonies, referring to Tennent as "a son of thunder."

Both his involvement in the Log College and the First Great Awakening did not please more conservative Presbyterians, or "Old Side" Presbyterians. On March 8, 1740, his famous speech entitled "The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry" denounced his critics as hypocrites akin to Pharisees. This led to the New Side/Old Side schism the following year. He later attempted to reconcile the factions, which was accomplished in 1758.

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Events

Gilbert Tennent Preaches "The Dangers of an Unconverted Ministry"
Life of David Brainerd Published
Synod of 1737 and the Old Side-New Side Controversy
The First Great Awakening
The Plan of Union of 1758
William Tennent's "Log College"

Movements

The First Great Awakening

Photographs

Gilbert Tennent portrait- Internet Archive- from Sermons and Essays by the Tennents and their Contemporaries
Gilbert Tennent portrait- Internet Archive- from Sermons and Essays by the Tennents and their Contemporaries

Book/Journal Source(s)

Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America Downers Grove, IL.

Web Source(s)

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Gilbert-Tennent
Gilbert Tennent's Encyclopedia Britannica Biography

Web Page Contributor

Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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