The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards


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Jonathan Edwards; Edited by Wilson H. Kimnach, Kenneth P. Minkema, and Douglas A. Sweeney

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Jonathan Edwards, widely considered America’s most important Christian thinker, was first and foremost a preacher and pastor who guided souls and interpreted religious experiences. His primary tool in achieving these goals was the sermon, out of which grew many of his famous treatises. This selection of Edwards’ sermons recognizes their crucial role in his life and art.

The fifteen sermons, four of which have never been published before, reflect a life dedicated to experiencing and understanding spiritual truth. Chosen to represent a typical cycle of Edwards’ preaching, the sermons address a wide range of occasions, situations, and states, corporate as well as personal. The book also contains an introduction that discusses Edwards’ contribution to the sermon as a literary form, places his sermons within their social and cultural contexts, and considers his theological aims as a way of familiarizing the reader with the "order of salvation" as Edwards conceived of it. Together, the sermons and the editors’ introduction offer a rounded picture of Edwards the preacher, the sermon writer, and the pastoral theologian.

Wilson H. Kimnach is professor of English at the University of Bridgeport. Kenneth P. Minkema is executive editor of The Works of Jonathan Edwards. Douglas A. Sweeney is assistant professor of church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

"The Jonathan Edwards Project is the first of its kind—a comprehensive, exhaustive effort to produce an online archive of all of Edwards' sermons, treatises, letters and musings to serve the needs of anyone who cares to know the man. To date, no other university or institute has attempted to transcribe, computerize and then post online the complete works of any one historical figure. . . . Though he may never attain the rock-star status of George Washington, with the Yale project, Edwards will live forever.—Adrian Brune, Hartford Courant

"Informed general readers will greatly enjoy Edward's clear style and keen intellect, and from this they can be directed to the complete Works published by Yale."—Library Journal

"This valuable collection of 14 sermons Jonathan Edwards preached between 1722 and 1751 to both his English and his Indian congregations includes some of his most famous, as well as five sermons that have not been previously published. . . . This arrangement serves to introduce Edwards’s sermons as the primary agent of interpreting religious experience and guiding souls under his pastoral care from the earliest stages of conversion, through instruction and discipline, to the final vision of heaven. . . . Highly recommended to general readers, undergraduates, and graduate students."—Choice

"Before the critical editions provided by the Yale series, only 70 of the sermons had been published. The sermons project, therefore, represents a major step in the advancement of Edwards scholarship, and this present selection provides a handy introduction to this vast world."—Christopher J. Viscardi, Theological Studies

"The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards is an excellent companion to A Jonathan Edwards Reader, both of which are ideal for classroom use and general scholarly reference. . . . [A] welcome addition to the growing library of Jonathan Edwards scholarship."—Ecclesiastical History

ISBN: 9780300077681
Publication Date: July 11, 1999
336 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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