Jonathan Edwards produced a comprehensive theology of the Christian life that started with God’s glory and ended with all creation returning to that glory. It was a vision that remains quite simply magnificent. And yet it is a theological vision that has not been adequately explored until now.
Professor and pastor Sean Michael Lucas has converted his years of teaching into this valuable overview of Edwards’s theology, exploring both redemption history and the application of God’s redemptive work in the individual. As Lucas unpacks Edwards’s vision in this accessible, two-part framework, the resulting revelation of God’s glorious work will strengthen our understanding of Edwards and of our own Christian life.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: Redemption History
1. God’s Grand Design: The Glory of God
2. God’s End in Creating the World: Creation, Nature, Fall
3. The Great Errand of Christ: Redemption
4. The Summum and Ultimum: Consummation
Part 2: Redemption Applied
5. A Divine and Supernatural Light
6. The Nature of True Religion: Holy Affections
7. The Dark Side of Religious Affections: Self-Deception
8. A Love Life: How the Affections Produce Genuine Virtue
9. Means of Grace: The Ministry of the Word
10. Means of Grace: The Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
11. Means of Grace: Prayer, Personal and Global
12. The Christian Life as a Journey to Heaven
Appendix 1: ‘Where Do I Begin?’: An Annotated Bibliography
Appendix 2: ‘A Man Just Like Us’: Jonathan Edwards and Spiritual Formation for Ministerial Candidates
Sean Michael Lucas (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and associate professor of church history at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He previously taught at Covenant Theological Seminary for five years, serving as the chief academic officer.
“Those of us trundling through the complete works of Jonathan Edwards in the recent Yale edition are grateful for experts like Sean Lucas who, with a single lucid paragraph, are able to unravel the most complex of Edwardian thought. The study of Edwards has become something of a ‘rite of passage’ in recent days and some of us have some catching up to do. Dr. Lucas, a well-respected Edwards scholar in his own right, has given us a comprehensive summary of Edwards’s understanding of the Christian life that does for Edwards what Sinclair Ferguson did for John Owen. An essential and most welcome companion to any serious study of Edwards.” - Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS
“This is an edifying book on a most edifying person, one who became the most important pastor in all of American history. By focusing our attention on what mattered most to Edwards—authentic Christian living that derives from God’s grace and reflects God’s glory—Sean Lucas has written a book that can draw you nearer to God, even make you a better person. Good theology, well presented, leads to passionate, godly piety. Edwards and Lucas know this well. I pray that you will know it too.” - Douglas A. Sweeney, Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School