Jonathan Edwards has left an indellible impression on nearly 300 years of theological scholarship. This collection from Yale University Press totals over 7,000 pages—a valuable archive of Edwards’ treatises, sermons, letters, musings. With critical introductions by noted Edwards scholars, it provides the latest contemporary analysis, commentary, and reflection on Edwards life, thought, and literary sources. Gain new appreciation of the historical context of his works, the nature and purpose of his writings, and their initial critical reception.
One measure of [Edwards’] greatness is Yale University Press’ critical edition of his works.
—Gerald R. McDermott, United Press International
The Works of Jonathan Edwards . . . is the premier scholarly editorial project in American intellectual history.
—Allen C. Guelzo, Christian Century
Excellent and welcome additions to the growing body of scholarship on a figure who is America’s foremost theologian to date and one who also stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin.
—W. Stacy Johnson, Interpretation
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Jonathan Edwards was born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut to Timothy and Esther Edwards. He began his formal education at Yale College in 1716, where he encountered the Calvinism that had influenced his own Puritan upbringing. In 1727, he was ordained as minister of the church in Northampton, Massachusetts. The First Great Awakening began in Edwards’ church three years later, which prompted Edwards to study conversion and revival within the context of Calvinism. During the revival, Edwards preached his most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and penned many of his most popular works, including The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, and The Life of David Brainerd. When the revival subsided, the church of Northampton became increasingly suspect of Edwards’ strict requirements for participation in the sacraments. Edwards left Northampton in 1750 to become a minister at a missions church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1757, Edwards reluctantly became president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), where he hoped to complete two major works—one that expanded his treatise on the history of redemption, and the other on the harmony of the Old and New Testaments. His writing ambitions were interrupted by his death in 1758, when he died of complications stemming from a smallpox inoculation.