The Preaching of Jonathan Edwards  -     By: John Carrick
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The Preaching of Jonathan Edwards

Banner of Truth / 2008 / Hardcover

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America's greatest theologian and philosopher was also one of her greatest preachers. Carrick traces the intermittent interest in Jonathan Edwards's work through the 19th and 20th centuries; interacts extensively with primary and secondary sources; and offers systematic homiletic and historical analysis of specific sermons, the great revivals, landmark funerals, the communion controversy, and more.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 478
Vendor: Banner of Truth
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 0851519830
ISBN-13: 9780851519838
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Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) is widely regarded not only as America’s greatest theologian and philosopher, but also as one of her greatest preachers. It is a remarkable fact, however, that his preaching has been somewhat neglected, both in academic circles and in the Reformed churches. Published in the year that marks the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his death, this book successfully straddles the church’s and the academy’s interest in Edwards and supplies that omission.

Dr. Carrick demonstrates that Edwards was preaching and writing at a unique moment in history when the Puritan spirit and the spirit of the Enlightenment intersected; he traces the remarkable fall and rise of interest in the great American preacher theologian in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; he interacts, both positively and critically, with the now complete Yale edition of Edwards’ Works and also with the ever burgeoning field of Edwards scholarship; and he cites extensively from Edwards’ sermons, treatises, and Miscellanies in order to demonstrate the power and the profundity of his preaching and thought.

The author’s main focus is, throughout, primarily homiletical; but interwoven in the homiletical focus are theological, philosophical, historical, and biographical strands. He constantly seeks to place Edwards and his sermons in their New England context---indeed, in their wider eighteenth-century transatlantic context---thus providing, wherever possible, the historical background for Edwards’ sermons. The ‘New York period’, the ‘Great Apostasy’ at Yale, the Bolton interlude, the Yale tutorship, the Boston Lecture of 1731, the Enfield sermon, the Yale Commencement of 1741, the great revivals, the landmark funerals, the Edwards-Stoddard-Williams dynamic, the Communion controversy, the Farewell Sermon, the romance of the Stockbridge years---these are all treated within the context of a systematic analysis of Edwards’ preaching under a number of different themes.

Dr. Carrick does not shrink from sounding a note of critique at certain points and he warns against the danger of slavishly imitating the New England preacher. But he is also clearly convinced of Edwards’ extraordinary greatness and of the tremendous value of his sermons for Christians today. ‘Iron sharpens iron’; and the iron of Edwards’ marvelous expositions and applications is sure to sharpen the minds and souls of all those who study them carefully.

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    Excellent book on Jonathan Edwards!
    October 24, 2011
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is about one of America's greatest preachers. It's author was graduated from Exeter College Oxford University England. The book is very interesting to read; is very well written; has a great Bibliography-very detailed, and is about our American preacher.
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