Jonathan Edwards by Philip F. Gura
America's Evangelical

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An important new biography of America's founding religious father.

Jonathan Edwards was America's most influential evangelical, whose revivals of the 1730s became those against which all subsequent ones have been judged.

The marvelous accomplishment of Philip Gura's Jonathan Edwards is to place the rich intellectual landscape of America's most formidable evangelical within the upheaval of his times. Gura not only captures Edwards’ brilliance but respectfully explains the enduring appeal of his theology: in a world of profound uncertainty, it held out hope of an authentic conversion---the quickening of the indwelling spirit of God in one’s heart and the consequent certitude of Godly behavior and everlasting grace.

Tracing Jonathan Edwards’ life from his birth in 1703 to his untimely death in 1758, Gura magnificently reasserts Edwards rightful claim as the father of America's evangelical tradition.


About Philip F. Gura

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Philip F. Gura is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of American Transcendentalism: A History, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction, as well as many other books of American cultural history.
Published April 18, 2006 by Hill and Wang. 317 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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The third through fifth chapters form the heart of the book, where Gura argues that what animated Edwards’s preaching was an articulation of grace never before laid out in colonial America (though he notes that Edwards’s grandfather, the controversial and influential minister Samuel Stoddard, hin...

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