Jonathan Edwards: A Life

Jonathan Edwards: A Life

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by George M. Marsden
     
 

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is a towering figure in American history. A controversial theologian and the author of the famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he ignited the momentous Great Awakening of the eighteenth century.

In this definitive and long-awaited biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as both a great American and a brilliant

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Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is a towering figure in American history. A controversial theologian and the author of the famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he ignited the momentous Great Awakening of the eighteenth century.

In this definitive and long-awaited biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as both a great American and a brilliant Christian. George Marsden evokes the world of colonial New England in which Edwards was reared—a frontier civilization at the center of a conflict between Native Americans, French Catholics, and English Protestants. Drawing on newly available sources, Marsden demonstrates how these cultural and religious battles shaped Edwards’s life and thought. Marsden reveals Edwards as a complex thinker and human being who struggled to reconcile his Puritan heritage with the secular, modern world emerging out of the Enlightenment. In this, Edwards’s life anticipated the deep contradictions of our American culture.

Meticulously researched and beautifully composed, this biography offers a compelling portrait of an eminent American.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105964
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
316,123
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
Cotton Mather's Map of New Englandx
Chronology of Edwards' Life and Timesxiii
Prefacexvii
Note on the Textxxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1.A Time to Be Born11
Chapter 2.The Overwhelming Question25
Chapter 3.The Pilgrim's Progress44
Chapter 4.The Harmony of All Knowledge59
Chapter 5.Anxieties82
Chapter 6."A Low, Sunk Estate and Condition"101
Chapter 7.On Solomon Stoddard's Stage114
Chapter 8.And on a Wider Stage133
Chapter 9.The Mighty Works of God and of Satan150
Chapter 10.The Politics of the Kingdom170
Chapter 11."A City Set on a Hill"184
Chapter 12.God "Will Review the Flame Again, Even in the Darkest Times"201
Chapter 13.The Hands of God and the Hand of Christ214
Chapter 14."He That Is Not with Us Is Against Us"227
Chapter 15."Heavenly Elysium"239
Chapter 16.Conservative Revolutionary253
Chapter 17.A House Divided268
Chapter 18.A Model Town No More291
Chapter 19.Colonial Wars306
Chapter 20."Thy Will Be Done"320
Chapter 21."I Am Born to Be a Man of Strife"341
Chapter 22.The Crucible357
Chapter 23.The Mission375
Chapter 24.Frontier Struggles395
Chapter 25.Wartime414
Chapter 26.Against an "Almost Inconceivably Pernicious" Doctrine432
Chapter 27.Original Sin "in This Happy Age of Light and Liberty"447
Chapter 28.Challenging the Presumptions of the Age459
Chapter 29.The Unfinished Masterworks472
Chapter 30.The Transitory and the Enduring490
Appendix A.Genealogical Table of Edwards' Relatives507
Appendix B.Edwards' Sisters510
Appendix C.Edwards' Immediate Family, from His Family Bible511
Notes513
Credits601
Index603

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