Nichols, Stephen J.
Jonathan Edwards, a leader in the Great Awakening during the eighteenth century, still has much to teach the church. Evangelicals are rediscovering him through the efforts of several authors (John Gerstner, Iain Murray, Harry Stout, and others) and publishers (Banner of Truth, Soli Deo Gloria, and Crossway).Stephen Nichols offers Jonathan Edwards "as an introduction, a gateway into the vast and rewarding life, thought, and writings of Jonathan Edwards." He intends it for anyone who wants to read Edwards but who needs a little help.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: The Personal Edwards
1. A Firm Foundation: The Early Years
2. A Singular Devotion: The Later Years
Part 2: Writings on Revival and Church Life
3. Absolutely Sovereign: ‘God Glorified in the Work of Redemption’
4. The Surprising Work of God: A Faithful Narrative
5. Of Meteors and Stars: A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
6. Visible Saints: An Humble Inquiry
Part 3: Writings on Theology and Philosophy
7. God’s Grand Scheme: History of the Work of Redemption
8. Spiders and Rainbows: The Invisible God in the Visible World
9. Understanding the Will: Freedom of the Will
Part 4: Sermon
10. A Door of Mercy: ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’
11. A High Privilege: ‘The Most High, a Prayer-Hearing God’
12. A Glorious Celebration: ‘Heaven Is a World of Love’
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries.
"A lively and vivid introduction to America's greatest theologian—the best one yet for use in most churches and Christian colleges." — Douglas A. Sweeney
"Nichols is an enthusiastic, experienced, and reliable tour guide to the theology of Jonathan Edwards. If your experience is like mine, these pages will make you want to visit Edwards on your own for frequent and extended periods. An excellent introduction." — Sinclair Ferguson
"Edwards is still America's greatest theologian, and his words remain of lasting value to the church. This book is a useful introduction to the great man's message and ministry. Nichols has chosen his material carefully to help readers begin to understand Edwards's most important writings." — Philip Graham Ryken