Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review on Jonathan Edwards and Justification

Jonathan Edwards and Justification
ed. by Josh Moody
Crossway Books
Reviewed by Clint Walker

I received this book from Amazon Vine. It is more theological than most of the books that come through the Vine program, and being a person who likes theology, I thought it would be a fun book to get a look at.

Jonathan Edwards and Justification is a monograph that has five essays written by 5 different Reformed scholars about Jonathan Edwards and his theology of justification. Most of the essays are written as apologetical texts against those that the New Reformed movement in the United States considers damaging and/or dangerous. By returning to the theology of Jonathan Edwards, the authors believe they are raising a standard of what good, practical, and historic viewpoints on the topic of justification are. At the same time, they are attempting to fight against those who would attempt to use what they believe as revisionist history to bend Jonathan Edwards' teachings to anything that does not line up with the 21st century neo-reformed point of view.

To be honest I did not enjoy reading this book. I thought at times the authors set up straw men as opponents in order to use Edwards to buttress their personal theology via Jonathan Edwards. The writing was dull. And I was disappointed in not having some biographies of each author. I would not recommend this book to anyone really. There are much better books out there that can make similar statements in a more clear headed and well-written fashion.

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