Lecture 1, His Early Life:
Human beings tend to romanticize and idealize the lives of those individuals we admire, particularly those that lived in an era far removed from ourselves. We smooth out a wrinkle here, turn a blind eye to an episode there, and, poof, an impeccable figure emerges from a charmed existence. The great American theologian Jonathan Edwards has not escaped this idealizing. Yet, a full understanding of his theology and the decisions he made demands a realistic examination of his life, from beginning to end. Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us through the life of Edwards in this study, illuminating the details of his life, good and bad, so that we might better understand how God cultivated and crafted Edwards into His servant—who many consider the greatest theologian the United States has ever produced.