By George M. Marsden

Jonathan Edwards is without doubt one of the such a lot remarkable figures in American background. Arguably the main outstanding theologian ever born on American soil, Edwards (1703–1758) used to be additionally a pastor, a well known preacher, a missionary to the local americans, a biographer, a faculty president, a thinker, a loving husband, and the daddy of 11 children.

George M. Marsden -- largely acclaimed for his magisterial huge research of Edwards -- has now written a brand new, shorter biography of this many-sided, impressive man. A brief lifetime of Jonathan Edwards is now not an abridgment of Marsden's prior award-winning learn yet is as a substitute a totally new narrative in line with his huge examine. 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 indignant God,” Jonathan Edwards is frequently considered as a proponent of fireplace, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden exhibits, besides the fact that, the focal point of Edwards's preaching used to be no longer God's wrath yet particularly his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden additionally rescues Edwards from the excessive nation-states of highbrow background, revealing him extra comprehensively during the lens of his way of life and interactions. additional, Marsden exhibits how Edwards offers a window at the interesting and infrequently risky international of the yankee colonies within the many years ahead of the yank Revolution.

Marsden right here offers us an Edwards who illumines either American heritage and Christian theology, an Edwards that may entice readers with very little education in both box. This brief lifestyles will give a contribution considerably to the frequent and growing to be curiosity in Jonathan Edwards.

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