Long recognized as 'America's theologian', Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was instrumental in the Great Awakenings of the 18th Century that gripped much of New England and that laid the groundwork for a uniquely American Protestant religious identity.
The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards offers a general, comprehensive introduction to Jonathan Edwards examining his life and works from various disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, theology, religious studies, and philosophy.
The CC to Jonathan Edwards is comprised of seventeen chapters/essays and divided into 3 major sections that cover Edwards' life and context, Edwards' various roles (theologian, preacher, etc.), and lastly his enduring but often controversial legacy.
Each of the 17 chapter-essays is written by a leading Edwards' scholars, many of whom are ground-breaking specialists in this quickly emerging and important field.
A note on The Cambridge Companions to Religion seriesThe Cambridge Companion to Religion series is one of the most important reference series ever produced. Examining individuals and movements, each volume in the series has become enormously influential and has become distinguished "jumping-off" orientation to and research in their myriad research fields. Whether you are a student, or an advanced scholar you will want to be well acquainted with the Cambridge Companion series.
1. Introduction by Stephen J. Stein
Part I. Life and Context
2. Biography George M. Marsden
3. Personal writings Kenneth P. Minkema
4. New England background David D. Hall
5. Transatlantic Enlightenment Avihu Zakai
Part II. Roles and Achievements
6. Preacher Wilson H. Kimnach
7. Revivalist Harry S. Stout
8. Theologian E. Brooks Holifield
9. Philosopher Stephen H. Daniel
10. Exegete Stephen J. Stein
11. Missionary Rachel M. Wheeler
Part III. Legacy and Reputation
12. American culture Joseph A. Conforti
13. American literature Philip F. Gura
14. Gender and social issues Ava Chamberlain
15. Evangelical tradition Douglas A. Sweeney
16. Religious scholarship Stephen Crocco
17. Abroad David Bebbington.