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A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards by George M. Marsden
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Mar 23, 12

bookshelves: history, theology, philosophy
Read from February 15 to March 15, 2012

This is a scholarly and thoughtful presentation of a person who is arguably America's greatest theologian. In very simple terms, Marsden shows how Edwards arrived at his conclusions and, of course, how the history of an early nation provided a backdrop for it.
I was at first anxious that this would be a condensed version of his longer more scholarly work, but it is both more readable and adds considerable thought provoking material. For those who have never read Edwards' great treatise, Freedom of the Will, this is an excellent introduction to both the era and Edwards' thinking.
I was disappointed in only one regard and that this book does not spend time on Edwards' preaching style. Far from being the "holy roller" type of preacher, people became affected by someone who rarely if ever raised his voice to preach. One wonders just what conditions were extant for the Great Awakening to take place, but it is clear that a great part of it had to do with the way in which the message was being delivered.
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