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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.
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.
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.