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Why God Created the World: A Jonathan Edwards Adaptation

Stevens, Ben

Learn things about God you may have never even thought to ask about. More than a simple paraphrase, this is a carefully and faithfully adapted version of Jonathan Edwards’ brilliant and persuasive “The End for Which God Created the World.” Stevens ably endears modern ears to Edwards’ powerful ideas. Well suited to small group discussion.

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For most of my life, I never thought to ask myself why God created the world. I had asked myself the question, “why did God create me specifically,” which seemed like a more practical thing to wonder. But the answers I found to that question always struck me as shallow. I think that's because it's impossible to understand what part we play in a story if we have never grasped what the story is about in the first place.

As far as I know, there has only ever been one book written on this subject by a Christian. It was a monumental treatise by the former president of Princeton University, the 18th century theologian Jonathan Edwards, called A Dissertation Concerning the End for Which the World Was Created (1765). Edwards gives a great answer to the question, but his tone and grammatical acrobatics make the original text nearly impossible to read.

Now Ben Stevens' remarkable new adaptation of the book brings Edwards' powerful arguments to life in fresh, contemporary language. In addition, thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter invite readers to engage with the concepts and begin to apply them.

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