Jonathan Edwards: A Life

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Yale University Press, Jul 1, 2004 - 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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A tremendous introduction to Edwards' life and thought. - Goodreads
Marsden does a great job in writing this book. - Goodreads

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The brief sections of this that I read, I really liked, and I'd like to come back to it one day. Edwards is an intriguing figure, an excellent writer, and a persuasive theologian... except for the ... Read full review

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The author does a commendable job in telling his readers about this almost forgotten giant of American theologians. Jonathan Edwards is considered a philosopher and a theologian of the first rank. In ... Read full review

Contents

Chronology of Edwards Life and Times
Preface
Note on the Text
Introduction
Chapter 1 A Time to Be Born
Chapter 2 The Overwhelming Question
Chapter 3 The Pilgrims Progress
Chapter 4 The Harmony of All Knowledge
Chapter 18 A Model Town No More
Chapter 19 Colonial Wars
Chapter 20 Thy Will Be Done
Chapter 21 I Am Born to Be a Man of Strife
Chapter 22 The Crucible
Chapter 23 The Mission
Chapter 24 Frontier Struggles
Chapter 25 Wartime

Chapter 5 Anxieties
Chapter 6 A Low Sunk Estate and Condition
Chapter 7 On Solomon Stoddards Stage
Chapter 8 And on a Wider Stage
Chapter 9 The Mighty Works of God and of Satan
Chapter 10 The Politics of the Kingdom
Chapter 11 A City Set on a Hill
Chapter 12 God Will Revive the Flame Again Even in the Darkest Times
Chapter 13 The Hands of God and the Hand of Christ
Chapter 14 He That Is Not with Us Is Against Us
Chapter 15 Heavenly Elysium
Chapter 16 Conservative Revolutionary
Chapter 17 A House Divided
Chapter 26 Against an Almost Inconceivably Pernicious Doctrine
Chapter 27 Original Sin in This Happy Age of Light and Liberty
Chapter 28 Challenging the Presumptions of the Age
Chapter 29 The Unfinished Masterworks
Chapter 30 The Transitory and the Enduring
Appendix A Genealogical Table of Edwards Relatives
Appendix B Edwards Sisters
Appendix C Edwards Immediate Family from His Family Bible
Notes
Credits
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

George M. Marsden is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He has written numerous books, including The Soul of the American University and The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship.

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