Jonathan Edwards was arguably America’s greatest theologian. He produced some of Christianities greatest classic works and has influenced some of modern Christianities most influential leaders. His works were both timely and have proved to be timeless.
In recent years the Christian church has seen an Edwards resurgence. The works of this famed pastor and theologian are being reprinted and read by Christians of all kinds. This is an encouraging thing to see. As with the works of many other great theologians of the past, Edwards should be read by all Christians.
Unfortunately, anyone who has read his works will attest to the fact that Edwards is not an easy read. The language is old and at times very thick. Arguments can be long and require a concentrated mind that too many of modern Christians do not have. In an effort to help the church read Edwards with more understanding Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney have written The Essential Edwards Collection. This five volume work condenses some of the many ideas Edwards is famous for. This collection falls into five categories:
- Jonathan Edwards Lover of God
- Jonathan Edwards on Beauty
- Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell
- Jonathan Edwards on The Good Life
- Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity
Perhaps the most timely focus of Edwards teaching and preaching was on heaven and hell. While many Christians have not read Edwards works, most of them will be able to recall that he is most famous for his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” This sermon was famous in part because Edwards read the sermon word for word as he preached it.
To help us gain a better grasp of Edwards teaching and preaching on hell, Dustin Neeley interviews Owen Strachan about Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell:
This second video is Strachan and Sweeney giving a short overview of The Essential Edwards Collection: