A God Entranced Vision of All Things
The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards
Ten essays collected on the occasion of Edwards’ 300th birthday, each of which highlights an aspect of his life and legacy, showing how relevant his voice remains to this day. Edwards, unjustly depicted by many today as a heartless, raging preacher who only threatened his hearers with “fire and brimstone”, was rather a humble leader in his service to his church, whose entire ministry breathed of heaven and joy.
From some of the best essays ever compiled about Edwards, learn of this servant of God, who preached out of a deep concern over the unsaved and a passionate desire to make God known.
“Useful men are some of the greatest blessings of a people. To have many such is more for a people’s happiness than almost anything, unless it be God’s own gracious, spiritual presence amongst them; they are precious gifts of heaven.”
Even within the church, many people know little more about Edwards than what is printed in American history textbooks-most often, excerpts from his best-known sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” They unjustly envision Edwards preaching only fire and brimstone to frightened listeners. But he knew and preached God’s heaven as much as Satan’s hell. He was a humble and joyful servant, striving to glorify God in his personal life and public ministry.
Contributors are: J.I. Packer, John Piper, Don Whitney, Justin Taylor, Mark Dever, Sherard Burns, Stephen J. Nichols, Noel Piper, Paul Helm, Sam Storms, Mark Talbot.
Part One: The Life and Legacy of Edwards
- 1) A God-Entranced Vision of All Things: Why We Need Jonathan Edwards 300 Years Later (John Piper)
- 2) Jonathan Edwards: His Life and Legacy (Stephen J. Nichols)
- 3) Sarah Edwards: Jonathan’s Home and Haven (Noel Piper)
Part Two: Lessons from Edwards’s Life and Thought
- 4) The Glory of God and the Reviving of Religion: A Study in the Mind of Jonathan Edwards (J. I. Packer)
- 5) Pursuing a Passion for God Through Spiritual Disciplines: Learning from Jonathan Edwards (Donald Whitney)
- 6) How Jonathan Edwards Got Fired, and Why It’s Important for Us Today (Mark Dever)
- 7) Trusting the Theology of a Slave Owner (Sherard Burns)
Part Three: Expositions of Edwards’s Major Theological Works
- 8) The Great Christian Doctrine: Original Sin (Paul Helm)
- 9) The Will: Fettered Yet Free – Freedom of the Will (Sam Storms)
- 10) Godly Emotions: Religious Affections (Mark Talbot)
- A) A Divine and Supernatural Light: An Edwardsian Sermon (John Piper)
- B) Reading Jonathan Edwards: Objections and Recommendations (Justin Taylor)