JONATHAN EDWARDS by Perry Miller

JONATHAN EDWARDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is in a wholly different category from its predecessors in the American Men of Letters series. Where the others have been urbane, scholarly but delightful biographies, this is definitely not for the general reader. It is deep delving into the drama of ideas behind Edwards' works, rarely understood by modern theologians, and of interest only to professionals, students of theology, and some scholarly researchers into colonial America. This is a technical and highly intellectual criticism of Edwards' writings and lectures. Lengthy explanations and impressions are offered on the study of Locke and Newton which inspired his first Boston lecture, and launched him on a lifetime of preaching. He changed from the cold theoretician to the fiery Puritan, who reached the height of his career in 1947 when his hell fire sermons held sway. Biographical facts with little human interest are outlined in four dull sections labelled External Biography. But the author has succeeded in keeping pace with Edward's philosophical development, and any student sufficiently interested in going along, will have to penetrate technical language of both Edwards and his biographer to understand the book....Perhaps Edwards defies popular treatment, as the Ola Winslow biography in 1940 was reported as ""ponderous going, painting Edwards as a cold, self-disciplined, literal New Englander...For a limited and special audience.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1949
ISBN: 0803283075
Publisher: Wm. Sloane