Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
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What is the good life that we so often hear talk of in our modern age? Is it cars that drive fast, houses that resemble castles? Is it unbounded sexual pleasure, unrestrained personal gratification of all oners"s desires? Is it quiet and solitude, individual removal from the storm and thunder of modern society? Or is it obedient Christian faith that causes spiritual corpses to burst forth with godly passion and holy worship that transforms oners"s own life, oners"s environment, and oners"s eternal destiny? This other way of life proceeds from an ancient book that lifts life in this age and all mothers to another plane. This is the truly good life, the path plotted for the steps of mankind by almighty God. It involves sacrifice, and hardship, and hard work. It means self-denial, self-abasement, and an others-centered mindset. It is radically God-centered and deeply rooted in Scripture. This, and no other path, offers the souls of humanity lasting happiness. For Jonathan Edwards, submission to God and His will was the path to true fulfillment and the good life. Easily accessible and readable, you do not need to be a scholar to enjoy these insights about Jonathan Edwards and his writings.

Author Biography

OWEN STRACHAN is the Managing Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. student in Historical Theology at TEDS. He has also served as a teaching assistant and has worked at the White House and for the presidents of Bowdoin College and Southern Seminary. Having completed internships at Capitol Hill Baptist Church and Evanston Baptist Church, Strachan is preparing to serve as a pastor-theologian in a city. He currently lives on Chicago’s North Shore with his wife, Bethany, and their daughter.

DOUG SWEENEY is professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought and director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He formerly served as a lecturer at Yale University, as an adjunct professor as Aquinas College, and as a visiting professor at both Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. Sweeney is the author of a number of books and articles about religious history and the American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. He resides with his wife, Wilma, and their son in Lindenhurst, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Nearness of the Good LifeChapter 2. The Distance of the Good LifeChapter 3. The Taste for Goodness Given in ConversionChapter 4. The Pleasures of the Good LifeChapter 5. The Shape of the Good Life

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