Why You Should Read…Jonathan Edwards!

DEAD GUY #1 is… Jonathan Edwards!

I know, good one Russ, way to pick the low hanging fruit, didn’t really need you to tell me to read the greatest theological mind in America. Well in response to that I would like to ask have you ever read anything by him other than the resolutions or sinners in the hands of an angry God? Me neither. Which is why I would like to recommend a few other works by him that are worth the time as well as a few biographies to help you get to know the man.

Here is why you should read more than just the famous stuff; you wouldn’t love John Piper the way you do if he hadn’t read Edwards. Edwards is Christian Hedonism. Also Edwards is just too helpful and God exalting in his thinking and writing to not go and see for yourself. Yes, he is hard read, but let me remind you that most really good things don’t come easy.

Works By Edwards:

Resolutions: 70 resolutions that Edwards wrote as a young man. these are sort but meaty statements about the glory of God and living a life to that end. Click here to read them.

The End for Which God Created the World: work on why we are here and who made us. John Piper republished this work along with a 100 page essay where he explains why you should read and study Edwards. Click here to read the whole thing for free!

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God: Simply put, this is the most important sermon in American history. Click here to read it.

Books about Edwards:

A God Entranced Vision of All Things edited by Piper: collection of essays that came out a desiring God National Conf. a few years ago. this work serves a great introduction to the man and his impact on the church. Click here to read the whole thing for free!

Jonathan Edwards: A Life by Marsden: This is the Bio that if you only read one this is the one.

Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought by Nichols: Nichols is one of the leading church historians on the issue and this a good intro to the man. Click here to get a copy.

The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards (Hardcover) by Lawson: Lawson give a short focused look at aspects of Edwards life and theology. Click here to get your copy.

Addresses on Edwards

A God-Entranced Vision of All Things: Why We Need Jonathan Edwards 300 Years Later by John Piper

Joy’s Eternal Increase: Edwards on the Beauty of Heaven by Sam Storms

How Jonathan Edwards Got Fired, and Why It’s Important for Us Today by Mark Dever

The Pastor as Theologian by Piper

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    • D-Rob
    • August 10th, 2009

    I’ve also heard great things about “The Religious Affections”. Haven’t gotten to read it yet, but hopefully before the year is out.

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