Daniel Bliss (c.1715 - 1764)

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Birthplace: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Concord, Middlesex Co., MA
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About Daniel Bliss

The Rev. Daniel Bliss of Concord, Massachusetts, was born June 21, 1715 at Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College in 1732, was ordained March 7th, 1739, and was pastor of the Congregational Church at Concord from 1738 to 1764. He was one of the most distinguished of the clergy, who, in his day, were denominated “New Lights” by their opponents.

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The terms Old Lights and New Lights (among others) are used in Christian circles to distinguish between two groups who were initially the same, but have come to a disagreement. These terms have been applied in a wide variety of ways, and the meaning must be determined from context. Typically, if a denomination is changing and some refuse to change, and the denomination splits, those who did not change are referred to as the "Old Lights", and the ones who changed are referred to as the "New Lights". The terms were first used during the “First Great Awakening”, which spread through the British North American colonies in the middle of the 18th century.

The First Great Awakening was a Christian revitalization movement that swept Protestant Europe and British America, and especially the American colonies in the 1730s and 1740s, leaving a permanent impact on American religion. It resulted from powerful preaching that gave listeners a sense of deep personal revelation of their need of salvation by Jesus Christ. Pulling away from ritual and ceremony, the Great Awakening made Christianity intensely personal to the average person by fostering a deep sense of spiritual conviction and redemption, and by encouraging introspection and a commitment to a new standard of personal morality. It brought Christianity to African slaves and was a monumental event in New England that challenged established authority. It incited rancor and division between old traditionalists who insisted on the continuing importance of ritual and doctrine, and the new revivalists, who encouraged emotional involvement and personal commitment. It had a major impact in reshaping the Congregational church, the Presbyterian church, the Dutch Reformed Church, and the German Reformed denomination, and strengthened the small Baptist and Methodist denominations. It had little impact on Anglicans and Quakers.

He was a personal friend of Mr. George Whitefield, and like him he was bold and zealous in his preaching.

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George Whitefield (December 27, 1714 – September 30, 1770), was an English Anglican preacher who helped spread the Great Awakening in Britain, and especially in the British North American colonies. He was one of the founders of Methodism and of the evangelical movement generally. He became perhaps the best-known preacher in Britain and America in the 18th century, and because he traveled through all of the American colonies and drew great crowds and media coverage, he was one of the most widely recognized public figures in colonial America.

On several occasions Rev. Bliss appeared before the “Council” on account of technical differences on doctrinal points, but he was always sustained and exonerated by the “Council”. He was a staunch Royalist, and in many public utterances showed his devotion the King of England. Daniel married Phebe Walker of Stratford, Connecticut. She was born there in July of 1713 and she died in Concord July 2nd 1797. They had nine children.

Sources

“Genealogy of the Bliss Family” compiled by Aaron Tyler Bliss, published 1982 in Midland Michigan, except as noted in bio noted.

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Daniel Bliss's Timeline

1715
July 21, 1715
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
1738
July 22, 1738
Age 23
Stratford, Fairfield, CT
1740
March 18, 1740
Age 24
Concord, Middlesex, MA
1741
October 21, 1741
Age 26
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1743
July 11, 1743
Age 27
Concord, Middlesex, MA
1745
May 21, 1745
Age 29
Concord, Middlesex, MA
1747
March 22, 1747
Age 31
Concord, Middlesex, MA
March 22, 1747
Age 31
1748
July 2, 1748
Age 32
Concord, Middlesex, MA
1750
November 19, 1750
Age 35
Concord, Middlesex, MA