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Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Library of Religious Biography
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George M. Marsden---widely acclaimed for his magisterial large study of Edwards---has now written a new, shorter biography of this many-sided, remarkable man. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards is not an abridgment of Marsdens earlier award-winning study but is instead a completely new narrative based on his extensive research. The result is a concise, fresh retelling of the Edwards story, rich in scholarship yet compelling and readable for a much wider audience, including students.
Known best for his famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonathan Edwards is often viewed as a proponent of fire, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden shows, however, the focus of Edwardss preaching was not Gods wrath but rather his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden also rescues Edwards from the high realms of intellectual history, revealing him more comprehensively through the lens of his everyday life and interactions. Further, Marsden shows how Edwards provides a window on the fascinating and often dangerous world of the American colonies in the decades before the American Revolution.
Marsden here gives us an Edwards who illumines both American history and Christian theology, an Edwards that will appeal to readers with little or no training in either field. This short life will contribute significantly to the widespread and growing interest in Jonathan Edwards.
The authors are well-known historians, each a recognized authority in the period of religious history in which his or her subject lived and worked. Grounded in solid research of both published and archival sources, these volumes link the lives of their subjects not always thought of as religious persons---to the broader cultural contexts and religious issues that surrounded them. Each volume includes a bibliographical essay and an index to serve the needs of students, teachers, and researchers.
Marked by careful scholarship yet free of footnotes and academic jargon, the books in this series are well-written narratives meant to be read and enjoyed as well as studied.
"A slim but solid biography of Edwards. . . Marsden's work provides an accessible and informed account for scholars and laypeople alike."
"A work of grace, lit by affection for the great clergyman and understanding of his place and time. . . A lovely précis of Edwards. "
"Lucid and wise, brief but broadly informative, this book introduces present-day Americans to the greatest of early American Christian thinkers and to the colonial society in which he lived."
"A masterpiece. Distilled in this little volume is not only Marsden's own massive knowledge of the man Jonathan Edwards but also a generation of scholarship that has sought to understand the religious roots of contemporary U.S. society. A must-read especially for pastors and preachers who want to be both faithful to classic Christianity and yet engaged with culture."
"Marsden is easily the most distinguished historian of Edwards in the world today. . . With a clear and engaging writing style, he makes America's most brilliant colonial intellectual come alive as no other scholar has done."
"George Marsden is our premier historian of 'America's theologian.' In this wonderfully accessible introduction to Jonathan Edwards's life and thought, Marsden not only shows why Edwards was the architect of the first American revolution (the Great Awakening) but also provides fresh insight into his God-intoxicated vision of reality."
"In this fresh, crisp retelling of the story of Jonathan Edwards, George Marsden offers a masterful synthesis of biographical data. Easy to read and never dull, A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards should enjoy a long life on the shelves of personal, congregational, and academic libraries."
"Theologically sensitive, historically insightful, and engagingly written. Highly recommended."
Westminster Theological Journal
"An engaging and accessible little book that deserves wide readership. . . . An excellent introduction to the man who is arguably the most important and creative theologian and Christian philosopher America has ever produced."
Religious Studies Review
"Marsdens slim volume should stand as a model for other eminent historians who would like to make their scholarship available to a popular audience."
Reviews in Religion & Theology
"Accessible and encouraging to read. . . . Highly recommended."
WaltMoline, ILAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting bookSeptember 18, 2014WaltMoline, ILAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unfortunately, I haven't gotten all the way through this book (sidetracked by other things). But I find it very interesting. I look forward to rest of the book.