Understanding Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to America's Theologian

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Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) is widely recognized as America's greatest religious mind. A torrent of books, articles, and dissertations on Edwards have been released since 1949, the year that Perry Miller published the intellectual biography that launched the modern explosion of Edwards studies. This collection offers an introduction to Edwards's life and thought, pitched at the level of the educated general reader. Each chapter serves as a general introduction to one of Edwards's major topics, including revival, the Bible, beauty, literature, philosophy, typology, and even world religions. Each is written by a leading expert on Edwards's work. The book will serve as an ideal first encounter with the thought of "America's theologian."

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"This unusually helpful book is distinctive for how clearly its scholarly authors explain the wide-ranging significance of Jonathan Edwards for readers who are not themselves scholars. The inclusion of European commentators also demonstrates how wide contemporary interest has grown in Edwards as America's greatest theological voice. The book is, in equal measure, authoritative, accessible, and illuminating." —Mark A. Noll, author of America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

"[Understanding Jonathan Edwards] was written for those who may have little to no knowledge of Edwards or the field of Edwards studies. What excites me about this is that it accomplishes what few (if any) have: an introduction to major themes in Edwards's thought that is usable for the classroom. ...Those teaching classes on Edwards will no doubt be grateful, and those looking for an introduction to Edwards' ideas will find a helpful roadmap." —Themelios

"An elegant and enlightening introduction to understanding Edwards in terms of a lifelong captivation by thte beauty of God." —Touchstone

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373431
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/5/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald R. McDermott is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.

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Table of Contents

Important dates in the life of Jonathan Edwards
INTRODUCTION: How to Understand the American Theologian
Gerald McDermott
1. Edward's life and career, Kenneth Minkema
Alternative viewpoint, Chris Chun
2. Edwards and revival, Harry Stout
Alternative viewpoint, Willem Van Vlastuin
3. Edwards and the Bible, Doug Sweeney
Althernative viewpoint, Wolter H. Rose
4. Edwards and biblical typology, Tibor Fabiny
Alternative viewpoint, Gerald McDermott
5. Edwards and aesthetics, Sang Lee
Alternative viewpoint, Katalin Kállay
6. Edwards and literature, Wilson Kimnach
Alternative viewpoint, Anna Svetlikova
7. Edwards and philosophy, Miklos Veto
Alternative viewpoint, Magdaléna Sevcíková
8. Edwards and world religions, Michal Valco
CONCLUSION: Edward's Relevance Today

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