Jonathan Edwards (1703 1758) is recognized today as a great theologian and philosopher. The historian Perry Miller has called him one of America s five or six major artists, a writer possessed of an intelligence which, as much as Emerson s, Melville s, or Mark Twain s, is both an index of American society and a comment upon it. But in his own day Edwards was best kwn as a leader of what is w kwn as the Great Awakening: a series of small-town revivals that mushroomed into a movement credited with giving birth to American evangelicalism and laying the groundwork for the American Revolution. In authoritative texts drawn from first editions and manuscript sources, this volume brings together all of Edwards s essential writings from and about the revivals, including the famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and his vivid Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God in the Conversion of Many Hundreds of Souls, the work that first publicized the awakenings. Characterized by precise logic and powerful imagery, his writing continues to inspire students and spiritual seekers alike.
Philip F. Gura is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Jonathan Edwards: America s Evangelical and American Transcendentalism: A History, among other works, and serves as an editor for the Norton Anthology of American Literature. His newest book is Truth s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel.