Jonathan Edwards: A Life

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Yale University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 615 pages
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Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is a towering figure in American history. A controversial theologian and the author of the famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he ignited the momentous Great Awakening of the eighteenth century. In this definitive and long-awaited biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as both a great American and a brilliant Christian. George Marsden evokes the world of colonial New England in which Edwards was reared--a frontier civilization at the center of a conflict between Native Americans, French Catholics, and English Protestants. Drawing on newly available sources, Marsden demonstrates how these cultural and religious battles shaped Edwards's life and thought. Marsden reveals Edwards as a complex thinker and human being who struggled to reconcile his Puritan heritage with the secular, modern world emerging out of the Enlightenment. In this, Edwards's life anticipated the deep contradictions of our American culture. Meticulously researched and beautifully composed, this biography offers a compelling portrait of an eminent American.

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Since Yale University’s masssive project of publishing Jonathan Edwards Works in the latter half of the 20th century, there has been an explosion of scholarly interest in his life and writing. (One ... Read full review

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Quite possibly one of the best biographies I've ever read. I loved the way Marsden incorporates the sociological and cultural aspects as major influences in Edward's life and then even goes on to ... Read full review

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George M. Marsden is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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