By George M. Marsden
George M. Marsden -- extensively acclaimed for his magisterial huge research of Edwards -- has now written a brand new, shorter biography of this many-sided, outstanding man. A brief lifetime of Jonathan Edwards is no longer an abridgment of Marsden's prior award-winning learn yet is in its place a very new narrative in keeping with his large study. the result's a concise, clean retelling of the Edwards tale, wealthy in scholarship but compelling and readable for a wider viewers, together with students.
Known top for his well-known sermon “Sinners within the fingers of an offended God,” Jonathan Edwards is frequently considered as a proponent of fireplace, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden exhibits, in spite of the fact that, the point of interest of Edwards's preaching used to be now not God's wrath yet really his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden additionally rescues Edwards from the excessive geographical regions of highbrow heritage, revealing him extra comprehensively throughout the lens of his way of life and interactions. additional, Marsden exhibits how Edwards presents a window at the attention-grabbing and infrequently risky international of the yank colonies within the many years prior to the yank Revolution.
Marsden right here provides us an Edwards who illumines either American heritage and Christian theology, an Edwards that may attract readers with very little education in both box. This brief lifestyles will give a contribution considerably to the common and transforming into curiosity in Jonathan Edwards.
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