3 Jonathan Edwards Biographies and 1 Volume of his Sermons

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (Wikipedia)Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was a preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans. Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian,” and one of America’s greatest intellectuals. Edwards’s theological work is very broad in scope, but he is often associated with his defense of Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage. Recent studies have emphasized how thoroughly Edwards grounded his life’s work on conceptions of beauty, harmony, and ethical fittingness, and how central The Enlightenment was to his mindset.

Edwards played a very critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first fires of revival in 1733–1735 at his church – First Church – in Northampton, Massachusetts. Edwards delivered the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, a classic of early American literature, during another wave of revival in 1741, following George Whitefield’s tour of the Thirteen Colonies. Edwards is widely known for his many books: The End For Which God Created the World; The Life of David Brainerd, which served to inspire thousands of missionaries throughout the nineteenth century; and Religious Affections, which many Reformed Evangelicals read even today. Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation shortly after beginning the presidency at the College of New Jersey (later to be named Princeton University), and was the grandfather of Aaron Burr. [More via Wikipedia]

  • An excellent biography of Jonathan Edwards, written by Alexander V.G. Allen, is available here.
  • Sereno Edwards Dwight’s biography can be found here.
  • Samuel Hopkins’ biography can be found here.

Jonathan Edwards Sermons:

Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards. (227 pages)
[epub mobi txt web via Project Gutenberg] [web via Internet Archive]
These are high-quality files, not unedited scans. This volume contains the following:

  1. God Glorified in Man’s Dependence.
  2. The Reality of Spiritual Light.
  3. Ruth’s Resolution.
  4. The Many Mansions.
  5. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. -popular-
  6. A Strong Rod Broken and Withered.
  7. Farewell Sermon. -popular-

VIA http://digitalpuritan.net/jonathan-edwards/

Sinners in the hands of an angry God by Jonathan Edwards (American Puritan Theologian)

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Where there is talk about preaching and hell, Jonathan Edwards’s name is never far behind. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is the most famous sermon in American history. And undoubtedly Edwards is the most caricatured preacher because of it.

You can read the whole sermon online, or listen to someone like Mark Dever read it.

But few people know that Edwards often preached on heaven, too. And his sermons on heaven are as beautiful as his sermons on hell are sobering.

For a wonderful introduction to Edwards on heaven, I’d encourage you to listen to Sam Storms’s talk on “Joy’s Eternal Increase: Edwards on the Beauty of Heaven.” But first you might want to read the text of Edwards’s sermon, “Heaven, A World of Love.

We’ve all heard the line about the danger of “being so heavenly-minded that we’re no earthly good.” But surely C. S. Lewis was right: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. . . . It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this” (Mere Christianity, chapter 10).

Read it here –

– Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

 

 

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