Jonathan Edwards has left an indelible impression on nearly 300 years of theological scholarship. This massive collection from Yale University Press totals over 24,000 pages—the most comprehensive archive of Edwards’ treatises, sermons, letters, musings, and previously unpublished works ever assembled. 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. This Yale edition is the standard set of Edwards’ Works. With unsurpassed scholarship, content, and usability, it is unprecedented in sheer volume and value.
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—Gerald R. McDermott, United Press International
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—Allen C. Guelzo, Christian Century
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Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is considered one of America’s greatest theologians. While attending Yale College, he encountered the same Calvinism that had influenced his own upbringing.
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.