“A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards” – Edited by Nathan A. Finn and Jeremy M. Kimble
America has a strong tradition of theologians, but Jonathan Edwards stands above them all. Jonathan Edwards had an incredible impact on Christianity in America, both by his preaching and his writing. Finn and Kimble have compiled several essays detailing and outlining the major writings of Jonathan Edwards, from “Religious Affections” to “The Life of David Brainerd.” Volumes have been written about Jonathan Edwards’ contribution to American theology, and this compilation is a great addition. With contributions by Dane C. Ortlund, Michael McClenahan, and others, this book is sure to be a worthwhile read for anyone discovering Edwards for the first time.
Each chapter details a different volume written by Edwards. The contributors are sure to inform the reader of the issues facing Edwards at the time of writing. Each chapter includes a brief outline of the specific work of Edwards, and the theological, biographical, anthropological, or societal content of that section. Each chapter also includes a section detailing the contemporary significance of that work.
I believe this is a needed book for today’s church. We should hearken back to the time of Edwards, and read his works. Many issues in the church today were also brought about in the time of Edwards, and there is a great deal to learn from his writings.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading Edwards, or the person who has spent much time in Edwards’ works. This book can operate as a catalyst and introductory work for the first-time Edwards reader. The reader will be introduced to themes and motifs which run through all of Edwards’ works, and will also learn a great deal about the controversies which surrounded the church of his day. The book will also operate as a great refresher for the person steeped Edwardsian theology and writing.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crossway through their Blogger Review Program.