By George M. Marsden

Jonathan Edwards is likely one of the so much amazing figures in American background. Arguably the main superb theologian ever born on American soil, Edwards (1703–1758) was once 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 -- broadly acclaimed for his magisterial huge learn of Edwards -- has now written a brand new, shorter biography of this many-sided, extraordinary man. A brief lifetime of Jonathan Edwards is no longer an abridgment of Marsden's previous award-winning research yet is as an alternative a very new narrative in keeping with his vast 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 most sensible for his recognized sermon “Sinners within the fingers of an offended God,” Jonathan Edwards is frequently seen as a proponent of fireside, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden exhibits, although, the focal point of Edwards's preaching was once now not God's wrath yet particularly his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden additionally rescues Edwards from the excessive geographical regions of highbrow historical past, revealing him extra comprehensively throughout the lens of his daily life and interactions. extra, Marsden indicates how Edwards offers a window at the attention-grabbing and infrequently risky global of the yankee colonies within the a long time prior to the yankee Revolution.

Marsden right here supplies 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 existence will give a contribution considerably to the common and starting to be curiosity in Jonathan Edwards.

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