Theologians who just won't die
Further Reading: Jonathan Edwards
- Mike Reeves was formerly UCCF's Head of Theology, and is now Theologian-at-Large at Wales Evangelical School of Theology. View all resources by Mike Reeves
You should be able to feel quite relaxed about where to set off in Edwards's works. He is generally quite easy-going. An obvious starting point is Religious Affections, a work that leaves no reader unchanged. But if that feels too lengthy, you can get a swift taste of the same brew in 'A Divine and Supernatural Light' or 'Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God.' A little trickier is The End for Which God Created the World, but you can avoid the harder bits and get much the same reward by diving straight into chapter 2.
Banner of Truth provide Religious Affections and A History of the Work of Redemption (among a number of his other works) as handy, stand-alone books; they also produce a two-volume Works of Jonathan Edwards, which is the cheapest way to own all his most essential writings and sermons.
Banner's Works is not comprehensive, though, and if you find yourself really wanting to get stuck into Edwards, there is nothing to rival the definitive Works of Jonathan Edwards, 26 vols. You needn't break the bank, however: everything can be read online for free at Yale University's Jonathan Edwards Center. I say 'read', but perhaps 'sampled' might be better: reading Edwards's major works on a computer screen would be as harsh as licking caviar off an old sock.
There is one other 'must read': George Marsden's Jonathan Edwards: A Life. Gripping, insightful; bluntly, unsurpassable.