Category Archives: George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (and the Puritans) in High School

As my readers know, I finished George Marsden’s excellent biography of Jonathan Edwards.  In this post, I’ll talk about some of my experiences with Jonathan Edwards’ works, particularly when I was in high school. If my memory is correct, I … Continue reading

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Happy at Sinners Burning in Hell?

I finished George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life.  In this post, I’ll talk about something that Marsden says on page 536: “In one of his most controversial observations, Edwards argued that the saints in heaven would rejoice in knowing of … Continue reading

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Edwards on the Historical-Critical Method; Worshiping One’s Friend

I have two items for my write-up today on George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life. 1.  In my latest reading, Marsden went into Jonathan Edwards’ views regarding the historical critical method of studying the Bible.  This was an issue that … Continue reading

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Is It Their Fault?

For my write-up today on George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life, I’ll talk about Marsden’s summary on page 442 of Edwards’ views regarding moral responsibility. Later in his life, Jonathan Edwards wrote works that were defending Calvinism, in a world … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends about Edwards, and the Beatrix Potter Movie

There were a variety of topics in my latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life: Edwards’ power struggles with the Williams at Stockbridge, as Edwards justified his stubbornness on religious grounds; the wars between the English in America, … Continue reading

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Edwards at the Stockbridge Mission

In my latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life, Jonathan Edwards is serving in Stockbridge, a village that had both English people and Native Americans.  Edwards saw this community as anticipatory of the millennium (the thousand year reign … Continue reading

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Northampton Church Gives Edwards the Boot

My latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life was about Jonathan Edwards getting kicked out of the pastorate at his church in Northampton.  Edwards had pursued a controversial policy of requiring people to demonstrate that they had a … Continue reading

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Edwards the Millennial Optimist!

I wrote a couple of posts ago about Jonathan Edwards’ beliefs regarding the millennium, the thousand year reign of Christ mentioned in Revelation 20.  In my latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life, I learned more about this … Continue reading

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Edwards, the Great Awakening, and Church Discipline

My latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life concerned Edwards’ dispute with Charles Chauncy about the Great Awakening, as well as Edwards’ attempts to exercise church discipline over some men who were behaving inappropriately. Edwards was a big … Continue reading

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Edwards’ Personality and Beliefs about Slavery and the Millennium

I have two items for my write-up today on George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life. 1.  On page 255, Marsden says the following about people’s reactions to Jonathan Edwards’ personality: “”While opponents found [Edwards’] scrupulousness cold and lacking in charity, … Continue reading

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