By George M. Marsden
George M. Marsden -- extensively 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 now not an abridgment of Marsden's past award-winning learn yet is as an alternative a totally new narrative in response to his broad 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 well-known sermon “Sinners within the arms of an offended God,” Jonathan Edwards is usually seen as a proponent of fireplace, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden exhibits, although, the point of interest of Edwards's preaching was once now not God's wrath yet fairly 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 lifestyle 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 sooner than the yank Revolution.
Marsden right here supplies us an Edwards who illumines either American heritage and Christian theology, an Edwards that might entice readers with very little education in both box. This brief existence will give a contribution considerably to the frequent and transforming into curiosity in Jonathan Edwards.
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