Long recognized as 'America's theologian', Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is seen as instrumental in the Great Awakening of the 1740s that gripped much of New England and that laid the groundwork for an American Protestant religious identity. This Cambridge Companion offers a general, comprehensive introduction to Jonathan Edwards and examines his life and works from various disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, theology, religious studies, and philosophy. The book consists of seventeen chapters written by leading religious scholars, historians and literary critics on Edwards' life, work, and legacy. The Companion will be an invaluable aid to teachers and scholars and will be imminently accessible to those just encountering Edwards for the first time.
'... chapters are informative ... and give us a truer picture of the man than the popular caricature of a fierce preacher of hellfire sermons ...' Baptist Quarterly '... The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards is almost uniformly excellent from chapter to chapter, a thoroughly reliable introduction to America's most famous and highly regarded theologian.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'This is a well-written and comprehensive introduction to Jonathan Edwards. Its strengths are its interdisciplinary character, the approach used to understand Edwards against the backdrop of his historical and cultural setting, and the effort made to trace his lasting influence.' Religion and Theology