Jonathan Edwards: A Life, Paperback

Marsden, George M.

Pastor. Missionary. Philosopher. Theologian… Find a new appreciation for the most influential preacher in American history. Highly-esteemed and comprehensive in scope, this award-winning work has become the gold standard of Edwards biographies. Paying special attention to Edwards’ 18th Century context, this is an essential and pleasurable read for students of history and the American church.

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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.

Winner of the Philip Schaff Prize sponsored by the American Society of Church History. A finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in the biography category. Winner of the 2001-2003 Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize sponsored by the Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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