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Jonathan Edwards: A Life Paperback – July 11, 2004
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Marsden shows Edwards' development as the son and grandson of learned Puritan clergymen, his immersion in the complicated theology of his branch of Calvinism, and his encounters with new intellectual currents emanating from Europe. Marsden does a particularly good job of connecting Edwards' thought with the interesting circumstances of his social position. Edwards was a child of the Puritan establishment of Colonial New England.Read more ›
Whether we are aware of it or not, most contemporary Calvinists are deeply indebted to Edwards. His defense of Calvinism in works such as Freedom of the Will have made a deep and lasting impact on Reformed theology. It did not take me long to realize that much of what I believe, much of what I have taught to others and much of what has been passed down to me originated with Edwards. A lifelong student of the Bible, he wrestled with the great doctrines of the Scriptures and expounded them for countless generations of other Christians. Truly his impact can hardly be exaggerated.
I have sometimes found that biographies can become bogged down with examinations of the most minute details of a person's teaching. When I have been looking for the story of a person's life I have instead found a thorough examination of the person's thought and writing. I was pleased to see that, by and large, Marsden does a good job of incorporating Edwards' teaching into the story of his life, rather than examining them as separate entities. A possible exception to this is in three of the final four chapters where he focuses on Edwards' major theological treatises, but even here he summarizes them in a brief but satisfying way.Read more ›
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Mr. Marsden has provided us with an exhilaratingly honest look at Jonathan Edwards. For many years I thought I'd read the best recent biography of Edwards in Iain Murray's life of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Bayly
Reveals Edwards in his weakness and strength. Written in light of Edwards historical, theological, and philosophical context. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy
This is a very interesting book from both a historical, and also theological perspective. The time period from the Puritan era to the Revolution was not well known, at least by... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hagner amp Zohlman LLC
I just completed this book about 3 am this morning. This is an outstanding read on Jonathan Edwards as a Pastor, Evangelist, Theologian, and Very Caring Person. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ken
A very large book, but very interesting biography of a great man. I really enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by Barbara Yearick
Note: This book review was an assigned requirement for a History of Christianity course.
Coinciding with the tercentenary of Johnathan Edwards’s birth (1703), Marsden’s... Read more