Jonathan Edwards: A Life

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Yale University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 615 pages
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Jonathan Edwards (1703ndash;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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a beautifully written, thoughtful, balanced, well researched and extremely interesting book.

Contents

Chapter 1 A Time to Be Born
11
Chapter 2 The Overwhelming Question
25
Chapter 3 The Pilgrims Progress
44
Chapter 4 The Harmony of All Knowledge
59
Chapter 5 Anxieties
82
Chapter 6 A Low Sunk Estate and Condition
101
Chapter 7 On Solomon Stoddards Stage
114
Chapter 8 And on a Wider Stage
133
Chapter 20 Thy Will Be Done
320
Chapter 21 I Am Born to Be a Man of Strife
341
Chapter 22 The Crucible
357
Chapter 23 The Mission
375
Chapter 24 Frontier Struggles
395
Chapter 25 Wartime
414
Chapter 26 Against an Almost Inconceivably Pernicious Doctrine
432
Chapter 27 Original Sin in This Happy Age of Light and Liberty
447

Chapter 9 The Mighty Works of God and of Satan
150
Chapter 10 The Politics of the Kingdom
170
Chapter 11 A City Set on a Hill
184
Chapter 12 God Will Revive the Flame Again Even in the Darkest Times
201
Chapter 13 The Hands of God and the Hand of Christ
214
Chapter 14 He That Is Not with Us Is Against Us
227
Chapter 15 Heavenly Elysium
239
Chapter 16 Conservative Revolutionary
253
Chapter 17 A House Divided
268
Chapter 18 A Model Town No More
291
Chapter 19 Colonial Wars
306
Chapter 28 Challenging the Presumptions of the Age
459
Chapter 29 The Unfinished Masterworks
472
Chapter 30 The Transitory and the Enduring
490
Appendix A Genealogical Table of Edwards Relatives
507
Appendix B Edwards Sisters
510
Appendix C Edwards Immediate Family from His Family Bible
511
Notes
513
Credits
601
Index
603
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