"The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 17" by Jonathan Edwards

The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 17 Volume 17: Sermons and Discourses, 1730-1733 Jonathan Edwards, Mark Valeri

The Works of Jonathan Edwards Series
Publication date:
11 Jul 1999
Yale University Press
496 pages: 235 x 156mm
6 b-w illus.

In his new role as pastor of the Northampton church, Jonathan Edwards turned his attention to the political, social, and economic activities of his congregation, shaping his preaching to the day-to-day occurrences in their lives. This volume contains eighteen sermons that Edwards composed in Northampton from the beginning of 1730 through mid-September 1733—such classics as God Glorified in Man’s Dependence and A Divine and Supernatural Light, along with many previously unpublished works. The selections illuminate Edwards’ development as a preacher and theologian. They also provide unique insights into the development of the themes that came to characterize his mature evangelical thinking: the viciousness of the unregenerate life, the importance of evangelical humiliation as a religious exercise, and the necessity of a radical conversion from worldliness to godliness.

The prolific period encompassed by this volume, though outwardly quiet, was crucial to Edwards’ maturation. Taking on the responsibilities of his calling—working with his congregation, finding his voice as a town religious leader, exercising moral and spiritual guidance, consulting with other pastors, and most of all developing a mature preaching style—Edwards came to see revival as the only solution to the social and moral ills of his time.

Mark Valeri is Ernest Trice Thompson Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

"This volume will help solidify an emerging new view of Edwards as a theologian with feet in both Enlightenment and awakening, scanning both church and society for signs of redemption. Valeri?s sermon titles are delightful . . . and his introductions insightful."?Gerald R. McDermott, Religious Studies Review

"Valeri has introduced each sermon by outlining its content, and by linking it to its historical setting and Edwards?s other writings. He has also provided a detailed general index and a biblical reference index. I highly recommend this volume to Edwardsean scholars, collectors, and to all librarians. For those interested in reading puritan, evangelical sermons, Edwards is one of the last but also one of the best of that genre."?Barry Howson, ARC Journal of Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill