The great American pastor-theologian Jonathan Edwards remains undeniably relevant today, more than 250 years after his death, as attested by the unending flurry of articles, books, and dissertations treating him. Despite this, virtually nothing has been written concerning Edwards’s views on worship, a subject central to the Christian faith, and certainly to Edwards himself. This volume explores Edwards’s perspective on both public and private dimensions of worship, aspects of which rise from well-understood Puritan categories, and proposes the practice of self-examination as a bridge between public and private devotion.
As Ken Minkema, of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale, writes in the foreword, “Ted Rivera’s study is the first that systematically attempts to show us Edwards’s views of worship, and so represents an important resource for scholars and religious practitioners alike who are interested in liturgy, ‘the practice of piety,’ and spiritual growth. Through an engagement with Edwards’s own words–in letters, notebooks, and sermons–we learn of Edwards’s own spiritual life, and of the nature of private and corporate devotion.”