Jonathan Edwards Week – A Recommended Reading List

So you want to get to know Edwards? But you don’t know where to start. I recommend that you start out with John Piper’s edition of The End for Which God Created the World in God’s passion for his glory. Then pick up they Yale reader which has a great collection of sermons. After that move on to Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life. This big book is a must read book on Edwards. After making your way through these books you might want to pick something off this list of books on Edwards (I have bolded some of my favorites):

Jonathan Edwards Painting

  • ** Bombaro, John J. Jonathan EdwardsVision of Reality: The Relationship of God to the World, Redemption History, and the Reprobate (Wipf & Stock, 2011).
  • * Caldwell III, Robert Communion in the Spirit: The Holy Spirit as the Bond of Union in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards. Wipf & Stock, 2007. ISBN: . Pub. Price: $
  • * Cherry, Conrad The Theology of Jonathan Edwards, A Reappraisal (University of Indiana Press, 1966).
  • ** Cochran, Elizabeth Agnew Receptive Human Virtues: A New Reading of Jonathan Edwardss Ethics (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010).
  • ** Crisp, Oliver D. Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin (Ashgate, 2005).
  • * _____________ Jonathan Edwards Among the Theologians. Eerdmans, 2015. [Circulated in mss. form upon request.]
  • ** _____________ and Sweeney, Douglas A. eds. After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of The New England Theology (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • ** Elwood, Douglas The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards (University of Columbia Press, 1960).
  • ** Fiering, Norman Jonathan Edwardss Moral Thought in its British Context (University of North Carolina Press, 1981).
  • ** Guelzo, Allen C. Edwards on The Will: A Century of Theological Debate (Wipf and Stock, 2007 [1998]).
  • * Gura, Philip Jonathan Edwards, Americas Evangelical (Hill and Wang, 2005).
  • ** Hatch, Nathan and Stout, Harry eds., Jonathan Edwards and the American Experience (Oxford University Press, 1988).
  • ** Helm, Paul and Crisp, Oliver D. eds., Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian (Ashgate, 2003).
  • ** Holbrook, Clyde A. The Ethics of Jonathan Edwards: Morality and Aesthetics (University of Michigan Press, 1973).
  • ** Holmes, Stephen R. God of Grace and God of Glory, An Account of the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (T&T Clark, 2000).
  • ** Lee, Sang The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards, Expanded Edition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000 [1988]).
  • ** Lee, Sang Hyun ed. The Princeton Companion to Jonathan Edwards (Princeton University Press, 2005).
  • * Marsden, George Jonathan Edwards, A Life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).
  • ** McClymond, Michael J. Encounters with God, An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (OUP, 1998).
  • * McClymond, Michael J. and McDermott, Gerald The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • * McDermott, Gerald R. ed. Understanding Jonathan Edwards, An Introduction to Americas Theologian (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • ** Miller, Perry Jonathan Edwards (William Sloane, 1949).
  • ** Morris, William S. The Young Jonathan Edwards: A Reconstruction (Wipf & Stock, 2005 [1991]).
  • * Plantinga Pauw, Amy The Supreme Harmony of All: The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Eerdmans, 2006).
  • ** Rea, Michael “The Metaphysics of Sin” in Dean Zimmerman and Peter van Inwagen, eds. Persons: Human and Divine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 319-356. Also available at:
  • ** Schweitzer, Don ed. Jonathan Edwards as Contemporary: Essays in Honor of Sang Lee (Peter Lang, 2010).
  • * Schweitzer, William H. God is a Communicative Being: Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (T&T Clark, 2012).
  • * Smith, John E. Jonathan Edwards, Puritan, Preacher, Philosopher (Chapman, 1992),
  • * Stein, Stephen J. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • ** Strobel, Kyle C. Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation (T&T Clark, 2012).
  • **Studebaker, Steven M. and Caldwell III, Robert W. The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards: Text, Context and Application (Ashgate, 2012).
  • * Sweeney, Douglas A. Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought (IVP Academic, 2009).
  • ** Tracy, Patricia J. Jonathan Edwards, Pastor: Religion and Society in Eighteenth Century Northampton (Hill and Wang, 1980).
  • * Wainwright, William J. “Original Sin” in Thomas V. Morris, ed. Philosophy and the Christian Faith (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1988),
  • ** Wilson, Stephen A. Virtue Reformed: Re-reading Jonathan Edwards’ Ethics (E. J. Brill, 2005).
  • * Winslow, Ola Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758 (Collier Books, 1940).
  • denotes introductory to intermediate texts

** denotes intermediate to advanced texts

(This list was compiled from Oliver Crisp’s – The Theology of Jonathan Edwards – course.)


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Chris Woznicki is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He works as the regional training associate for the Los Angeles region of Young Life.

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