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A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (Library of Religious Biography Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 5, 2008
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802802206  
EAN  9780802802200  

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Jonathan Edwards is one of the most extraordinary figures in American history. Arguably the most brilliant theologian ever born on American soil, Edwards (1703-1758) was also a pastor, a renowned preacher, a missionary to the Native Americans, a biographer, a college president, a philosopher, a loving husband, and the father of eleven children. George M. Marsden - widely acclaimed for his magisterial large study of Edwards - has now written a new, shorter biography of this many-sided, remarkable man. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards is not an abridgment of Marsden's earlier award-winning study but is instead a completely new narrative based on his extensive research. The result is a concise, fresh retelling of the Edwards story, rich in scholarship yet compelling and readable for a much wider audience, including students. Known best for his famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards is often viewed as a proponent of fire, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden shows, however, the focus of Edwards's preaching was not God's wrath but rather his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden also rescues Edwards from the high realms of intellectual history, revealing him more comprehensively through the lens of his everyday life and interactions. Further, Marsden shows how Edwards provides a window on the fascinating and often dangerous world of the American colonies in the decades before the American Revolution. Marsden here gives us an Edwards who illumines both American history and Christian theology, an Edwards that will appeal to readers with little or no training in either field. This short life will contribute significantly to the widespread and growing interest in Jonathan Edwards.

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In brief and insightful fashion, George Marsden presents a new narrative about Edward's life, thereby rescuing him from the high realms of history and revealing him more completely through his everyday life and interactions.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! George M. Marsden, 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 other books is the full-length biography Jonathan Edwards: AaLife (Yale 2003), which received nine awards, including the Bancroft Prize in history and the Grawemeyer Award in religion.

George M. Marsden currently resides in the state of Indiana. George M. Marsden was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Notre Dame.

George M. Marsden has published or released items in the following series...
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A Great Introduction to Edwards  Feb 17, 2010
A great intro to Jonathan Edwards, his life, work, ministry and writings. Marsden has a fuller biography of Edwards (Johnathan Edwards - A Life; 640 pages) but tghlyhis at 152 pages, will wet your appetite to pursue further reading of this remarkable man and theolgian.

Marsden's writing style is easy and flowing and so wonderful for just getting immersed into the story. Highly recommended.
Informative and interesting  Oct 23, 2009
This book gives good insight into the life and theology of
pre-revelutionary minister Jonathan Edwards.
Makes Me Want to Read More  May 15, 2009
I've had George Marsden's 640-page biography of Jonathan Edwards on my shelf for a long time, but it is a little intimidating. If you're like me, and you need something to get you going, then A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (152 pages) will do the trick. Now I can't wait to read the larger volume!

A Short Life is not an abridgment of the larger biography. It's a completely new narrative. It's fresh and readable, and made me want more.

Edwards lived from 1703-1758, and was a pastor, preacher, theologian, biographer, philosopher, and briefly the president of Princeton. He was a contemporary of Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield. His books and papers are still widely read today.

Marsden not only makes Edwards come alive, but he concludes with a chapter on what we can learn from Edwards.

I admit that I've had a pretty inaccurate view of Edwards up until now. I'm glad to have this corrected. I'm always glad to be reminded that many of the issues that we think are new have been around a long time. I was sad to come to the end of this book. Highly recommended.
Short and Sweet  Feb 4, 2009
Enjoyable to read, as well as informational. Not as long as Madson's other book on Edwards which is nice. The only complaint is that we sure hear an awful lot about Benjamin Franklin even though he never met Edwards.
the premier puritan divine  Feb 3, 2009
Those Americans who have heard of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) often remember him for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." All sorts of historical caricatures have been propagated based upon that single sermon. In this abbreviated biography, George Marsden, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, gives readers "the most essential and most engaging" aspects of the real Edwards. Marsden is acknowledged as the premier historian of Edwards in the world today; his full length biography called Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale, 2003) won at least nine book awards.

Edwards epitomized the Puritan heritage of his pre-Revolutionary day, a time when clergy were the best educated and most influential citizens. Whereas the Puritans were a beleaguered minority in England, they were the first and largest group to settle New England, and so enjoyed a sort of cultural monopoly. Edwards was the only boy in a family with ten sisters. He entered what became Yale College at the age of thirteen, and after a stint in New York City, in 1726 he moved to a church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Northampton was a town of 1,000 people about 100 miles west of Boston. For the next twenty-two years he cared for his flock, welcomed George Whitefield and became a leading advocate (and historian) of the "Great Awakening" revivals, fathered ten children with his wife Sarah, and wrote some of the most important works in American religious history -- eg, A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God and Treatise on Religious Affections. Late in 1748 Edwards was ousted from the church for his more restrictive views on church membership and the sacraments. After a short time as a missionary to Indians in Stockbridge, Edwards was appointed president of Princeton in January of 1758, only to die of a smallpox inoculation eight weeks later at the age of 54.

Jonathan Edwards was "a passionate visionary, a world-class intellectual, and an intense ascetic who lived in a very real world of a large energetic family and a volatile and often contentious village." In his final chapter Marsden suggests what we might learn from Edwards. He concludes that, most of all, Edwards was a man of "God-centered integrity" and "remarkable consistency of his life and thought." Edwards combined intellectual rigor, pastoral care, and spiritual passion all for the glory of his God.

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