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Overview 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.
From Publishers Weekly In 1741, Jonathan Edwards delivered what would become the most famous sermon in American history, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Noted historian Marsden has written a slim but solid biography of Edwards (1703-58). This work is not an abridgement of his monumental 2003 biography of Edwards, but instead offers an original account intended for a general audience. Though Edwards is best known for his fiery "Sinners" sermon, Marsden shows the evangelist struggled with skeptical doubts before joining the clergy only to then emphasize God's grace and love over retribution throughout his preaching career. Edwards often gets relegated to works of religious history, but Marsden shows the preacher's central place in the nation's colonial history and to the Revolution he did not live to see. As one of the foremost revivalists of his time, Edwards was a "towering figure among the founding fathers of the first American revolution, the spiritual revolution of the awakening." At times Marsden's work veers into the overly evangelistic itself, especially in the concluding chapter on what we can learn from Edwards. However, his work provides an accessible and informed account for scholars and laypeople alike. (Sept.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.92" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Sep 5, 2008
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series Library Of Religious Biography
ISBN 0802802206 ISBN13 9780802802200
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More About George M. Marsden
George M. Marsden is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His many books include Fundamentalism and American Culture, The Secularization of the Academy (edited with Bradley J. Longfield), and Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism.
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.
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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.