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A Jonathan Edwards Reader

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Providing excerpts from his previously published and unpublished writings, this volume is a collection of selected compositions by one of America's early theologians and philosophers. It is aimed at scholars, students and those interested in early American history and religion.
Published May 24th 1995 by Yale University Press
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A Conversation Between Me and My Cousin Mike, at the Cottage, Several Weekends Ago:

Mike: The Jonathan Edwards Reader?

Me: Oh yeah. That’s mine. I’m reading it.

Mike: That’s not the Jonathan Edwards I’m thinking of, right?

Me: No, no. Not the “I see dead people” guy. No. This guy was born in, like, 1703.

Mike: Oh. I was actually thinking of…that guy that cheated on his wife…the politician.

Me: !

(What might be more interesting than the review I’m about to write is the coffee klatch I’m writing in my he...more
Read as part of an independent study with Jonathan McCune Edwards, 6th great grandson of the author.
Neither huge nor imposing...they say that Locke, Hobbes, and Montesquieu are the Big Three...

But just wait, somehow I'll get even more lost in Edwards' Spider than in Hobbes' Leviathan.


Well, I liked the Spider Letter, although I don't *really* get what makes Edwards so happy about spiders drowning in the'd think there'd be a lot of other examples in creation to write about...

My goodness, Edwards is a brave fellow...jumping right into the Calvinism v. Arminianism battle...I just w...more
My cleaning lady moved this from its pile yesterday and my bookmark fell out. So I guess I am done reading it now.

Here's a typical curmudgeonly JE quotation. One of his goals was:

"to be very moderate in the use of terms of art. Let it not look as if I was much read, or was conversant with books, or with the learned world..."

Tryin' to keep it real, eh, Edwards?
Tyler Hurst
There is not a lot that could be said about this assortment of Edwards' writings except that they came from the pen of Jonathan Edwards, and in many ways that is all that need be said.
While the book presents a number of interesting essays on Jonathan Edwards (one of America's most important religious figures) I found the book a little lacking...and BORING!
I don't care how unrepresentative it was of his thought - "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is the crown jewel in this collection.
Jacob Aitken
Okay overview. Interesting, but suffers the same problems as any text that only gives you snippets of an author's thought.
You can see a lot of contemporary America in this 18th century pastor. Except rap.
Jonathan Edwards was badass.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database named Jonathan Edwards.

Jonathan Edwards was the most eminent American philosopher-theologian of his time, and a key figure in what has come to be called the First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s.

The only son in a family of eleven children, he entered Yale in September, 1716 when he was not yet thirteen and graduated fou...more
More about Jonathan Edwards...
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