By George M. Marsden
George M. Marsden -- commonly 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 past award-winning learn yet is in its place a totally new narrative in keeping with his large 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 arms of an offended God,” Jonathan Edwards is usually seen as a proponent of fireside, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden indicates, even though, the point of interest of Edwards's preaching used to be no longer God's wrath yet quite his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden additionally rescues Edwards from the excessive geographical regions of highbrow historical past, revealing him extra comprehensively in the course of the lens of his lifestyle and interactions. additional, Marsden exhibits how Edwards offers a window at the attention-grabbing and sometimes harmful global of the yankee colonies within the a long time prior to the yank Revolution.
Marsden the following provides us an Edwards who illumines either American historical past and Christian theology, an Edwards that would entice readers with very little education in both box. This brief existence will give a contribution considerably to the common and turning out to be curiosity in Jonathan Edwards.
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A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (Library of Religious Biography) by George M. Marsden