A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (Library of Religious by George M. Marsden

By George M. Marsden

Jonathan Edwards is among the such a lot amazing figures in American background. Arguably the main marvelous theologian ever born on American soil, Edwards (1703–1758) was once additionally a pastor, a well known preacher, a missionary to the local american citizens, a biographer, a faculty president, a thinker, a loving husband, and the daddy of 11 children.

George M. Marsden -- greatly acclaimed for his magisterial huge examine of Edwards -- has now written a brand new, shorter biography of this many-sided, awesome man. A brief lifetime of Jonathan Edwards is no longer an abridgment of Marsden's prior award-winning examine yet is in its place a totally new narrative according to his wide examine. the result's a concise, clean retelling of the Edwards tale, wealthy in scholarship but compelling and readable for a much broader viewers, together with students.

Known most sensible for his well-known sermon “Sinners within the fingers of an offended God,” Jonathan Edwards is frequently considered as a proponent of fireside, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden indicates, although, the focal point of Edwards's preaching was once now not God's wrath yet relatively his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden additionally rescues Edwards from the excessive nation-states of highbrow heritage, revealing him extra comprehensively throughout the lens of his way of life and interactions. extra, Marsden indicates how Edwards offers a window at the attention-grabbing and sometimes harmful global of the yankee colonies within the many years prior to the yankee Revolution.

Marsden the following offers us an Edwards who illumines either American historical past and Christian theology, an Edwards that may entice readers with very little education in both box. This brief existence will give a contribution considerably to the frequent and becoming curiosity in Jonathan Edwards.

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