Book Review / September 12, 2020
Book Review - Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

A Life
By: George Marsden

Book Reivew

The name "Jonathan Edwards" towers upon the American theological landscape, yet I have only had brief forays into his actual life. George Marsden's account of him is full-featured, nuanced, and deep. Marsden at the beginning of the book states his mission was to present Edwards, as much as possible, within the context of the time he lived and with a strong focus on him personally. These goals strikes at the heart of my passion and how I look at life, and reading this book was a rich feast. George Marsden strikes the balance between presenting Edwards' great accomplishments and the realities of his struggles.

I learned so much about the theological views of Edwards' time as well is of the condition of the New England colonies as a whole through this book. It is easy to look back on these folks with criticism and disagreement, and I do not want to do that. Yet, because of Marsden's style, it makes it easier to muse on people, culture, governments, religion, and the bitter struggles of leadership. Thus, I find a greater ability to think critically (in a good way I hope) of folks during that time and our time today.

Book Review / Sep 12
Book Review - Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

A Life
By: George Marsden

Book Reivew

The name "Jonathan Edwards" towers upon the American theological landscape, yet I have only had brief forays into his actual life. George Marsden's account of him is full-featured, nuanced, and deep. Marsden at the beginning of the book states his mission was to present Edwards, as much as possible, within the context of the time he lived and with a strong focus on him personally. These goals strikes at the heart of my passion and how I look at life, and reading this book was a rich feast. George Marsden strikes the balance between presenting Edwards' great accomplishments and the realities of his struggles.

I learned so much about the theological views of Edwards' time as well is of the condition of the New England colonies as a whole through this book. It is easy to look back on these folks with criticism and disagreement, and I do not want to do that. Yet, because of Marsden's style, it makes it easier to muse on people, culture, governments, religion, and the bitter struggles of leadership. Thus, I find a greater ability to think critically (in a good way I hope) of folks during that time and our time today.

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