Jonathan Edwards: A Life
This definitive biography of America's most important religious figure draws on newly available sources to reveal how he was shaped by the cultural and religious battles of his time. "A magisterial biography." - Wall Street Journal "The finest...
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This definitive biography of America's most important religious figure draws on newly available sources to reveal how he was shaped by the cultural and religious battles of his time.
"A magisterial biography." - Wall Street Journal
"The finest biography of this towering figure." - Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly.
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the biography category for books published in 2003. Winner of the 2001-2003 Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize sponsored by the Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Winner of the 2004 Bancroft Prizes sponsored by Columbia University. Winner of the 2004 Merle Curti Award in intellectual history given by the Organization of American Historians. Winner of the 2004 John C. Pollock Award for Christian Biography sponsored by the Beeson Divinity School and Samford University. Co-winner of the 2004 Eugene Genovese Best Book in American History Prize sponsored by the Historical Society. Selected as one of the Best Books of 2003 by Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post Book World, Christian Century, Books & Culture, Beliefnet, Publishers Weekly, and Christian Science Monitor. Featured in Preaching magazine as "one of the top ten books every preacher should read." Selected as an outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries. Short-listed by The English-Speaking Union for the Ambassador Book Awards.
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 an
This definitive biography of America's most important religious figure draws on newly available sources to reveal how he was shaped by the cultural and religious battles of his time. "A magisterial biography."Wall Street Journal "The finest biography of this towering figure."Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly "One way to make sense of contemporary evangelicalism is to consider how it has both hewed to and strayed from the path laid down by one of its most brilliant founding fathers. Thanks to Marsden's authoritative new biography . . . the path is now more clear."Jay Tolson, U.S. News & World Report "In this conscientious and eloquent biography, pious Jonathan Edwards comes to unruly life with all his unresolved complexity intact."Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor "Superb and engrossing."Robert D. Richardson, Washington Post Book World "[Marsden] writes with such verve that he has given us not only the definitive biography but also a narrative that reads like a novel."Edward T. Oakes, Commonweal
George M. Marsden (Ph.D., Yale University)is Francis A. McAnaney Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame, is currently a scholar in residence at Calvin College. Among his many books is the full-length biography Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale 2003), which received nine awards, including the Bancroft Prize in history and the Grawemeyer Award in religion. He has also written books, including The Soul of the American University; Fundamentalism and American Culture; Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism; Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism and A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards
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