Skip to comments.Jonathan Edwards’ works made available for free as interest in Puritanism surges
Posted on 03/02/2015 12:49:38 PM PST by Alex Murphy
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (RNS) The collected works of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century preacher and one of Americas most famous theologians, are now available for download thanks to Logos Bible Software. But for those who dont want to cough up $1,289.95 to purchase them, theres good news: The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale Divinity School lets you view them online for free.
The colonial preacher was instrumental in Americas Great Awakening and is known for fiery sermons such as Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. The 26-volume collection, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, comprises more than 10,000 sermons, articles and letters that were indexed from 1953 to 2008.
Edwards is widely recognized as one of the most important American thinkers and religious figures and as a major figure in the history of Christian thought, said Kenneth Minkema, executive director of Yales Jonathan Edwards Center. Publication of his works is important for providing resources for those, such as students, who wish to learn for the first time about his influences, thought and legacies.
The release of Edwards work is more than a historical contribution. It comes at a moment of renewed interest in the preacher, especially among conservative evangelicals and New Calvinists, mostly evangelicals who are acolytes of Edwards brand of Calvinist theology.
According to Minkema, there are more than 4,000 books, articles, dissertations and other writings on Edwards, and they are increasing in frequency.
George Marsden, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame and author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life, has also noticed newfound interest in Puritan thinkers like Edwards among some modern Christians.
Among the contributing factors, he cites the influence of Edwards and Calvinism on prominent evangelical pastors such as Timothy Keller of New York Citys Redeemer Presbyterian Church and John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis who seek to imbue their brand of Christianity with more intellectual and theological heft.
Evangelicalism has brought many people to Christian faith during the past generations, but many find the tradition to be a bit thin theologically and intellectually, Marsden said. Calvinism provides them with a very substantial intellectual and theological heritage.
Douglas Sweeney, professor of church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago, said many modern-day believers are rediscovering Christianitys traditions and roots. In recent decades, many churches focused on trying to be culturally relevant, throwing off dusty hymns and rituals to embrace more modern, hipper worship experiences. Many now seek to re-connect with older forms of the faith.
Modern evangelicalism was so pragmatic for much of the 19th and 20th centuries that its roots in the tradition shriveled up, said Sweeney, author of Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word. Evangelicals today are into church history again, seeking nourishment for their faith.
Even so, some question whether a full embrace of 18th-century Puritan thinking will work in a 21st-century context. Can a message that focuses on the damnation of sinners and torments of hell awaken the modern masses like it did for Edwards and others? Todays preachers are working in a pluralistic culture that Edwards never could have imagined.
Regardless, the release of Edwards work is a boost for devotees who think his message didnt die with him in 1758.
The Yale project has been tremendously influential in enhancing Edwards study, said Marsden, and it is the availability of the whole range of his works that has helped many people realize that Edwards stands among the top Christian theologians of all time. - See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/02/03/jonathan-edwards-collected-work-now-available-download/#sthash.YCR2gUrS.dpuf
....George Marsden, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame and author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life, has also noticed newfound interest in Puritan thinkers like Edwards among some modern Christians. Among the contributing factors, he cites the influence of Edwards and Calvinism on prominent evangelical pastors such as Timothy Keller of New York Citys Redeemer Presbyterian Church and John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis who seek to imbue their brand of Christianity with more intellectual and theological heft....
....some question whether a full embrace of 18th-century Puritan thinking will work in a 21st-century context. Can a message that focuses on the damnation of sinners and torments of hell awaken the modern masses like it did for Edwards and others? Todays preachers are working in a pluralistic culture that Edwards never could have imagined.
I know there are many here who are deeply saddened.
There are already very inexpensive Kindle collections. OSNOVA’s is especially good. $1.99.
The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours -Jonathan Edwards.
Charming fellow this edwards.
Long overdue, in my opinion.
A little fire and brimstoneish.
....some question whether a full embrace of 18th-century Puritan thinking will work in a 21st-century context.
Puritans werent believers in Christmas and easter..
That kind of ‘thinking’ would mess with the businesses of the world today..
What would the world do with no black Friday?
Maybe that is how Babylon falls.. people stop buying what they ‘sell’..
Don’t worry; this time he’s going to be nicer, gentler puritan.
"This time"? You planning on raising him from the dead or something?
They appear to Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards by Jonathan Edwards but not a whole lot else.
I've been reading True Christianity by Johann Arndt (1555-1621) off and on for a while now. It's a pretty interesting read. Straightforward Lutheran apologetics. I was clued in about this book because it was one of the books I proofread for PG as a part of the Distributed Proofreader project.
I do daily morning and evening meditations by Owens ... you know their writings reflect a very hard life
One of the reasons is the rise in Calvinism
It is not a good sign
Puritanism was seriously flawed init’s insistance on the law
Puritans also believed that the state could take away your kids if you werent raising them right
How do you think God views those who reject the death of His Beloved Son? How do you think the Son views those who blaspheme His Beloved Father?
Revelation 17...The Beast and the 10 kings which are given power by the Beast, kill those who worship the Beast. Satan hates man who was created in the image of God. Ultimate Stockholm syndrome for the people who choose not to repent.
“15 And he *said to me, The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17 For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.
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