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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (10 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345636
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2 cm
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One of the reasons that the world and the church need Jonathan Edwards 300 years after his birth is that his God-entranced vision of all things is so rare and yet so necessary. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read 21 May 2013
By PaulW
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This book met all my expectations. If you are looking for a good introduction to Edwards and his thought then this may well be it. The essay on his approach to spiritual disciplines is excellent as is John Piper's on why we need Edwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Theology/Biography with Plenty of Application! 16 Feb 2005
By David A. Vosseller - Published on Amazon.com
A God Entranced Vision of All Things is a wonderful look at the legacy and relevance of Jonathan Edwards life and teachings. John Piper and Justin Taylor have assembled (and also contributed to) a remarkable series of essays on the different aspects of Edwards' legacy. As the back of the book declares: "This book's contributors investigate the character and teachings of the man who preached from a deep concern for the unsaved and a passionate desire for God. Studying the life and works of this dynamic Great Awakening figure will rouse slumbering Christians, prompting them to view the world through Edward's God-centered lens."

The book is divided into three sections. Part I "The Life and Legacy of Jonathan Edwards" introduces the book, and contains 3 essays on our need to rediscover Edwards, a biography of Edwards, and information about his marriage and family (ably done by Mrs. Noel Piper). Part II "Lessons from Edward's Life and Thought" contains some excellent essays by J.I. Packer and Mark Dever. But, for sheer impact and power, the highlight of this section was the essay by Sherard Burns, "Trusting the Theology of a Slave Owner". Mr. Burns, an African-American pastor and theologian, thoroughly and fairly looks at the reality of Edwards' ownership of slaves, and the failure of Edwards to apply his theology to that area. Burns, without excusing Edwards, gives a remarkable analysis of this sin in Edwards. Here are the paragraphs that blew me away:

"As an African American, I know daily the pressures of being in a predominantly white society. Yet how I approach that society, the grid by which I engage that society, is more telling than anything else. God cannot be sovereign over some things and yet not in control of others. This is no justification for abuse or racism, for such perpetuators will have their day of reckoning. But the eradication of racism today, as would be the case with slavery then, will not come about through programs, but by means of a God-centered and God-entranced view of reality. We must not be governed by the political persuasion of today, but governed by the sovereign reign and rule of God. Whatever we may think of Edwards, one thing is for certain: He left the American church with the necessary theological truths to kill racism in our hearts and to be conquerors of it in the church.

In light of that, though we fight and should fight the residue of such hatred in our day, the reality is that the desire to be theologically orthodox means we must add to our shelves books by dead white men who owned slaves. All our heroes today have clay feet. Jonathan Edwards was not a perfect man, and he did not get everything right, nor did he stand for all the right things. Neither do any of us. His blind spots and sins are pointers to our own blind spots and sins. To ask for grace and mercy on our own sins is, by logical implication, to be ready and willing to extend it to Edwards." (p. 170-171)."

Wow! 'Nuff said!

Part 3 "Expositions of Edwards's Major Theological Works" is also very helpful in understanding some of Edwards more(admittedly) difficult works. The book concludes with an Appendix by (of course) Piper, who writes an "Edwardsean Sermon" in honor of Edwards, and a helpful guide by Justin Taylor on "Reading Jonathan Edwards: Objections and Recommendations".

All in all, I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in gaining a more God-centered, God-entranced view of all things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book - edwards continues to inspire! 3 Sep 2004
By Bill Streger - Published on Amazon.com
This really is a great look at a number of characteristics of Jonathan Edward's life and ministry. A pretty quick read, but rich in depth, the book unashamedly argues for exactly what it says: a "God-entranced vision of all things". Piper hits the ball out of the park in the chapters he contributes (did you expect any less?), and the chapters by J.I. Packer and Mark Dever are also particularly good. Check it out today!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Edwards 7 Sep 2007
By Dan Panetti - Published on Amazon.com
A great concept for a book - ten different people writing about various facets of the life and legacy of Jonathan Edwards. I especially enjoyed the chapter that dealt with Jonathan's amazing wife Sarah as well as the chapter that wrestled with accepting the theology of a slave owner (yes, Jonathan Edwards did own slaves). The chapters were all written by individuals with a great appreciation for Edwards, his theology, his life, work and legacy, so reading it was a real joy...but not an easy task. Part Three of the book examined some of the theological issues best attributed to the work of Edwards, a Puritan and strict Calvinist whose writings on original sin, the freedom of the will and religious affections are still read and discussed today. The authors of this book pointed out various challenges to Edwardian theology and did an excellent job of communicating what Edwards wrote and taught without overshadowing it with their own opinions.

The book is great for any reader wanting to know more about Jonathan Edwards and although it isn't an easy book to read, it is worth the effort for someone wanting to either gain an appreciation for this man and his legacy or deepen their understanding of what he taught and the role he played at such a critical time in American history. Students of early American history should have a familiarity with Jonathan Edwards and this is a great book to move from acquaintance to appreciation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book but Shocked that Edwards owned people (slaves) 9 Aug 2009
By mills - Published on Amazon.com
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How could I have missed the fact that one of my favorite Authors, Jonathan Edwards owned slaves as revealed in this book! I highly commend the African American writer, Sherard Burns, who wrote the Chapter in this book titled,"Trusting the Theology of a Slave Owner", Burns deals head on in this one Chapter devoted to a little known fact on this aspect in the life of this great Christian writer and Theologian. Burns could not have handled this defect in Edwards character with any more delicacy & skill. He is to be commended for it. Not many people could have pulled that off, especially knowing how much damage the evils of slavery caused for Burns own African American ancestors. Burns wrote delicately but truthfully. He did not lash out attacks on Jonathan Edwards and make it personal but it is clear that Burns acknowledged Edwards as an imperfect, flawed man (as all human beings are because of the fall of Adam), but with a great teaching gift. The writer successfully walked a tight rope of wisdom and grace toward Edwards without excusing his behavior. In doing this, Burns shows himself to be a wise an equally great writer.

I'm shocked that someone that could write such beautiful Spirit-filled sermons could own slaves and defend it. He was not even close to understanding the evils of Slavery and the Slave Trade. Nor was he like my other hero, William Wilberforce, a wealthy distinguished Member of the British Parliament who fought to end Slavery. It is such a puzzle that a man who so passionately promoted the "Glory of God" could own people made in the image of God.
Paul the Apostle in his letter to Philemon, pleaded the cause of a runaway slave in a one page letter in the New Testament portion of the Bible (between Titus & Hebrew). This gives us a glimpse into the Apostle Paul's feelings on slavery. No other Author, not even Edwards has done so much in Christianity and written more of the text of the New Testament than Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Paul urged Philemon to remember to treat this renegade slave well. He went on to remind the Slave Master that he was also a slave to God, his heavenly Master.
It is not that Paul was pro-slavery in sending the slave back to his Master but Paul wanted both of them to learn forgiveness and the proper way to relate to each other. Paul urged the Slave Master, Philemon, his dear friend that he led to faith in Jesus, to treat this renegade slave, Onesimus, as a beloved brother in Christ, not like a Slave. Much further into his letter, Paul takes special liberties to remind the Slave master that it was he (Paul) who was responsible for the Slave master friend coming to faith in Christ. Paul then uses this fact to cleverly entreat Philemon to even give Onesimus, his freedom. This letter from Paul was as anti-slavery as it gets, for all of you who feel Paul endorsed slavery, read this letter.
When reading Jonathan Edwards sermons they are still brilliant, just don't confuse the message with the messenger. His words are still heavily bible based!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man is created to glorify God. 3 Aug 2009
By Philip S Roeda - Published on Amazon.com
Man's first duty and ultimate purpose is not himself but God. Man has an obligation to serve God. God only has an obligation to himself and His personality. Man does not exist to make himself prosper or to be content. God has no obligation to bring me or anyone else happiness or prosperity. The saints are to gather to worship God, the saints should be instructed about God, the saints should praise and worship God, all songs song by the saints should bring glory to God, the saints should read God's word to know God's will, and the saints should gather together to fellowship together: All thing to glorify God- not to bring contentment to the individual or to exhilarate euphoria to the individual or the body of Christ. The joy of the Lord comes to his His followers when they seek God's will, but in no way the prime directive to those who are in Christ.

What is the God entranced vision of Jonathan Edwards: A man who surely was a follower of Christ? He also was a theologian, philosopher scholar, and a pastor of a church in the 18th century: A man who truly followed God with both his heart and his head. This book examines the life of Jonathan Edwards. Eleven people contributed to the ten chapters and two appendixes in this work. The first chapter of this work written by John Piper establishes the theme of this work that Jonathan Edwards and his ministry was God centered. The first appendix of this work is a sermon given by John Piper that follows in the footprints of Jonathan Edwards.

Stephen J. Nichols writes the conventional event oriented chapter about the great theologian Jonathan Edwards. Noel Piper, Sherand Burns, and Mark Dever wrote about aspects of Jonathan Edwards' life. J.I. Packer and Donald S. Whitney cover more the thought process of the theologian, Pastor and Philosopher. Paul Helm, Sam Storms, and Mark L. Talbot examine the three major works written by Jonathan Edwards. Those major works are Original Sin, Freedom of the Will, and Religious Affections.

J.L. Packer wrote about focus Christian Religion. Pastor Edwards referred as just religion. The Christian life starts with regeneration, repentance, and assured faith and hope in Jesus Christ. One cannot and will not accept God's authority without regeneration. Without acceptance of God's word an individual will not repent for his rebellion to God. Assured faith and hope in Christ is a benefit to the believer, but the ultimate end is to glorify God. The same can be said about a revival. Revival of an individual main ultimate purpose is to glorify God. The same is true when multitudes of individuals are revived.

Douglas Whitney covered the discipline the discipline of religious practice. All practices are not good. Not all good practices are not Biblical practices. The practices are not ends to themselves. The practices are ways to serve God or instruments to live a life of sufficient godliness. The practices are Bible intake, prayer, private worship, solitude, fasting, journal keeping and the stewardship of time.

Noel Piper writes about the home life of both Edwards: Sarah and Jonathan. Also is the courtship of these two. This chapter ignores that the Edwards had three slaves to aid in her home front. Anyway Husband Edwards left the domestic chores to his wife who 13 children and often counseled future pastors who stayed for a brief periods to be mentor by the Pastor Edwards.

Sherand Burns's chapter discusses the incongruity of this great theologian and the owner of slaves. Jonathan Edwards even defended another pastor who was fired because he used slaves in his household. So he not only had slaves himself but publicly defended the practice.

Mark Dever's chapter covers the half-way controversy. This chapter is totally sympathetic to Edwards. No word critical of Edwards for not bringing up the issue earlier in the Pastorate at Northampton of Jonathan Edward. Dever's focus is how the Pastor should risk being dismissed so the church stays consistent with God's teaching and God's will.
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