It should be noted, however, that such sermons revealed only one aspect of Edwards= theology and writings. He should not be solely evaluated on the basis of his revivalist writings.
Classroom Uses: I believe that Edwards= writings could be presented to a general high school class in U.S. history as well as to a senior level honors class in philosophy. Edwards= writings deal with such themes as the relationship between public life and God; the civil magistry; what it means to be a good citizen and demonstrates intellectual as well as religious inquiry. All of these would serve well in a classroom.
Edwards= importance today is based on the depth and breadth of his philosophical inquiry and his attempt to grapple with the issues and thinkers of his time in a spirit of philosophical and intellectual investigation.
Articles: Puritan Sage: Collected Writings of Jonathan Edwards, Vergilius Ferm. New York: Library Publishers, 1953.
to incite among their parishioners a quickened sense of the periods of coming into disfavor with God.@ (xx)
In his article, AThe Freedom of the Will,@ Alexander V.G. Allen observes that Edwards writings on free will provoked strong feelings. Speculation on predestination was expected from Ainfidels and free-thinkers such as Hobbes, and Collins, and Hume were reputed to be@ (90), but Edwards= attempts to deal with human free will was problematic since he was considered the most typical example of American Calvinism. However, the very fact that Edwards chose to ex