January 11, 2006


The Softer Side Of Edwards: Yale Project Finds More To Theologian Than Fire And Brimstone (ADRIAN BRUNE, January 10, 2006, Hartford Courant)

Yale Divinity School historian Kenneth P. Minkema wants people to see the warm, fuzzy side of Edwards, the side that wandered through fields and sat on the pristine banks of the Hudson; the side that pondered an "appearance of divine glory, in almost everything."

"I often used to sit and view the moon, for a long time; and so in the daytime, spent much time in viewing the clouds and sky ... in the meantime, singing forth with a low voice, my contemplations of the Creator and Redeemer," he wrote in a letter to his son-in-law Aaron Burr, father to the famous 18th-century politician.

Minkema is betting that the modern world will like the other Edwards - a lot. In fact, he's staking his career on it.

"People read `Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' in high school and they never want to read anything by Edwards again," he says. "But here was an incredibly luminous mind that needs to be discovered and re-discovered and re-discovered."

To that end, Minkema and three more of Edwards' greatest admirers have already spent a good portion of their adult lives bringing the theologian/philosopher/"Renaissance man" to the masses through print. Now, cloistered in a corner of the Yale Divinity School, using the power of the Internet, those same academics are laboring away to make Edwards - and all 60,000 pages of his work - available to the common man.

George Marsden's recent biography is marvelous and reminds of why he is a kind of overlooked Founder..

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2006 8:35 AM
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