Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: From the Publisher
This is our fourth issue this year and completes our first year as a quarterly publication. Four other issues appeared as an “occasional” publication. Thus, we now have published eight issues.
We still have no paid or fulltime staff and management, and administration is done on a volunteer basis. We are most thankful to those who have worked long and hard to make this magazine possible.
We are also indebted to you readers who take the time to write and give us your suggestions. Several future issues are now in process as a direct response to reader recommendations.
When we first started, a dedicated Christian young person, a college graduate, asked with a straight face: “Is there enough material available to keep on publishing in the future?” No joke. Perhaps you can appreciate our actual dilemma—what do we choose to extract from the seemingly inexhaustible mine of resources.
Jonathan Edwards is the first American to be treated in a full issue. The selection needs no justification. You will want to read more Edwards after reading this issue. The Banner of Truth Trust (Box 621, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013) has published The Works of Jonathan Edwards in two thick volumes of very small print. The strain on the eyes is more than compensated by the 2000 pages of food for the mind and heart. They have other Edwards volumes in more comfortable print including his works on the revival and love.
You will recall from our Zwingli issue that a decisive point in the Reformation came at the Colloquy of Marburg in 1529 when Zwingli and Luther agreed on all points of doctrine except the Lord’s Supper and so went their separate ways. The Lord’s Supper was also the issue when Edwards’ congregation dismissed him as pastor at Northampton, Massachusetts. ...