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Charity and Its Fruits: Living in the Light of God's Love Paperback – June 30, 2012
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“I am thrilled that Kyle Strobel has edited this new edition of Edwards’s Charity and Its Fruits. This series of sermons holds a special place in my affections for Edwards for three reasons. First, in Munich, Germany, my wife and I read it aloud to each other in 1972. What a way to build a young marriage! Second, Edwards’s treatment of ‘Charity seeketh not her own’ profoundly shaped my emerging Christian Hedonism. Third, the last chapter, ‘Heaven Is a World of Love,’ is simply unsurpassed in its power to make me want to go there. I am unabashed in my love for Jonathan Edwards—and the grandeur of his God. May God give him an ever-wider voice.”
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
“This new edition of Charity and Its Fruits is a most welcomed addition to the growing library of books by and about the great Jonathan Edwards. For those who mistakenly think that Protestant theologians overemphasize faith at the expense of love, these classic sermons by Edwards will be an antidote to a stereotype. But even more important, this deep mining of 1 Corinthians 13 is a pathway into spiritual theology that will draw every believer closer to Christ.”
—Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture
“For Jonathan Edwards, the true Puritan understanding of Christianity as love-life in God through Christ was a lifelong theological-pastoral-devotional focus, and his fullest display of it is found here. Kyle Strobel’s comments help us appreciate this classic on communion with God.”
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
“As best I can tell, this is a first in Edwardsean studies. No one has done with Charity and Its Fruits what Kyle Strobel accomplishes here—providing us with an enlightening commentary and a readable text of one of Edwards’s most important, though highly neglected, treatises. All who love Edwards (and everyone should) will profit immensely from this exceptional volume.”
—Sam Storms, Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
“Jonathan Edwards is America’s most famous theologian, and he is experiencing a resurrection among some evangelicals today. Not all who clap for Edwards have read him extensively, and for some the applause appears to be little more than groupthink. But this annotation of Edwards’s seminal exposition of 1 Corinthians 13, edited by a competent young Edwards specialist who offers an informed introduction to Edwards’s moral thought, holds promise for all of us to become more dedicated to the theological vision for the glory of God at work in the theology of Edwards. All who read Edwards aright know they are in for an experience of sensate knowledge, and not simply academic intelligence. Read this book into worship.”
—Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, North Park University
About the Author
JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death.
Kyle Strobel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is assistant professor of spiritual theology at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has served as a fellow at Yale’s Jonathan Edwards Center, has published several academic reviews of works related to Edwards, and has taught graduate courses on Edwards’s spirituality theology. Kyle lives in Fullerton, California, with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.
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Read and drink deeply. The book demonstrates a deep spirituality, a precise exegesis and a profound theology at the same time. Edwards is a marvelous example of how a minister of God should preach the word of God with brains and heart.
The introduction gives the reader a bird's eye view of what Edwards is up to in this excellent piece of moral theology. Strobel's analysis is incredibly illuminating and helpful in order to see certain themes (e.g. an ethic of imitation) resurface throughout the work.
While I will not comment on the text itself, I want to focus on Strobel's editorial notes by way of two comments.
First, a big difference between Strobel's notes and John Piper's notes in Edwards' The End for Which God Created the World concerns formatting. In Strobel's, the notes are put in callout blocks embedded in the page, while in Piper's, the notes are traditional footnotes. On the one hand, I like that Strobel's notes are not footnotes, because the font size is a bit bigger than it would be as a footnote. On the other hand, the one downside is that I occasionally had a difficult time discerning what part of the page the callout box was referring to (this is avoided when using footnotes), especially when the callout box was almost the same length as the page.
Second, I really enjoyed Strobel's insight throughout the book. In Piper's notes, you are going to get strict analysis of the text qua text. In Strobel's, you have instances of that (e.g. an analysis of how love is both the sum and source of all virtue), but Strobel also will include quotes from Edwards' other writings, writings of other Reformers (such as Calvin) and even practical reflection for the reader. While those looking for a strict analysis may find these notes distracting, other readers will benefit from the broader implications of Edwards' thought in these sermons.
The conclusion summarizes Edwards' intention and argument, as well as contains opportunity for the reader to reflect on one's own comprehension of the text and implication for one's Christian life and growth.
The end of the book also contains helpful information on which works an interested reader of Edwards should read (in the order that Strobel recommends) along with recommended secondary literature.
In the introduction, Strobel remarks, "The main goal of this volume is to help people read Charity and Its Fruits well." Strobel has accomplished this goal and has provided a wonderful gift to the church. My only regret after reading this book is that it has taken me too many years to finally read Edwards' Charity and Its Fruits.
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