Selected Works of Jonathan Edwards
Thomas Carlyle stated that debunking past heroes indicates a dying society. Today we see the founding fathers and other great men being criticized, castigated, and judged according to current standards. However, to really judge the character of a man, you should always learn what his contemporaries said about him. Perhaps no one has been more vilified than Jonathan Edwards, whether by Christians, or by non-Christians. Yet Edwards was highly esteemed by the men and women who knew him. Edwards is America's first philosopher because of his work and study of the natural sciences. However, his fame rests upon his role in the revivals that swept the early colonies. "A Faithful Narrative" is about the revival in 1734, which preceded the Great Awakening of 1740. Edwards points out that the need of people is to hear the message, "Repent!" Also included with this study is Edward's famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" preached during the Great Awakening. This sermon is a literary masterpiece for its analogies and similes as well as an example of the indisputable logic based upon the Holy Bible. The sermon also represents the model Puritan sermon with its teaching of the text, its exhorting of doctrine, and its urge towards application.