By George M. Marsden
George M. Marsden -- greatly acclaimed for his magisterial huge research of Edwards -- has now written a brand new, shorter biography of this many-sided, amazing man. A brief lifetime of Jonathan Edwards is no longer an abridgment of Marsden's past award-winning learn yet is as an alternative a very new narrative in keeping with his huge 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 top for his well-known sermon “Sinners within the fingers of an offended God,” Jonathan Edwards is usually considered as a proponent of fireplace, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden indicates, in spite of the fact that, the focal point of Edwards's preaching used to be no longer God's wrath yet fairly his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden additionally rescues Edwards from the excessive nation-states of highbrow historical past, revealing him extra comprehensively throughout the lens of his lifestyle and interactions. additional, Marsden indicates how Edwards presents a window at the attention-grabbing and infrequently risky global of the yankee colonies within the a long time ahead of the yankee Revolution.
Marsden right here offers 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 existence will give a contribution considerably to the frequent and starting to be curiosity in Jonathan Edwards.
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A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (Library of Religious Biography) by George M. Marsden