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Commemorating the 300th birthday of Jonathan Edwards, this volume celebrates the philosopher-theologian's life and legacy. General editors John Piper and Justin Taylor chose ten essays that enlighten different aspects of Edwards. Opening with biographical and historical background, contributors then examine lessons from Edwards still useful today, concluding with an analysis of three of his most influential and demanding works. Contributors Stephen Nichols, J. I. Packer, Donald Whitney, Mark Dever, Sam Storms, and Mark Talbot - among others - are helpful in guiding today's readers to understand the man who strived to glorify God in his personal life and public ministry.
"Useful men are some of the greatest blessings of a people. To have many such is more for a people's happiness than almost anything, unless it be God's own gracious, spiritual presence amongst them; they are precious gifts of heaven."
Certainly one of the most useful men in evangelical history was the man who preached those words, pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards. Commemorating his 300th birthday, general editors John Piper and Justin Taylor chose ten essays that highlight different aspects of Edwards's life and legacy and show how his teachings are just as relevant today as they were three centuries ago.
Even within the church, many people know little more about Edwards than what is printed in American history textbooks-most often, excerpts from his best-known sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." They unjustly envision Edwards preaching only fire and brimstone to frightened listeners. But he knew and preached God's heaven as much as Satan's hell. He was a humble and joyful servant, striving to glorify God in his personal life and public ministry.
This book's contributors investigate the character and teachings of the man who preached from a deep concern for the unsaved and a passionate desire for God. Studying the life and works of this dynamic Great Awakening figure will rouse slumbering Christians, prompting them to view the world through Edwards's God-centered lens.
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