There are few figures in American history that loom so loudly as Jonathan Edwards. Of the philosopher/theologians of Europe we can count many: John Calvin, Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, among others. However, the same degree of impact from the Americas has been missing; but this cannot be said of Jonathan Edwards. Of all the great men of the faith that have lived, we must recognize his contribution to Christianity.
George Marsden has dedicated this volume to remembering Edwards’ legacy. We see his upbringing in the Northeast where Edwards was inculcated with Puritan ideals. The beginning of his schooling and how a brilliant young man served in ministry from a young age. We get a hands on idea of the work he put into his sermons and, in particular, the seminal sermon of “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.”
Further, we learn about the heartbreaking departure of Edwards from the church where he preached so faithfully in almost a betrayal. To learn about how he responded and then continue his ministry in mission work is inspiring.
Jonathan Edwards is worthy to be remembered. This book is thick; it is not for those who want a quick overview. For that reason, I give it 3/5