The Life and Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Course Description

Widely regarded as the most important theologian and philosopher in American history, Jonathan Edwards was a leading figure in the Great Awakening whose writings continue to have an impact on Christians around the world. By reading a selection of his works in the context of his day, students will be challenged to consider the value of Edwards’ teaching for today.

About the Instructor

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. Dr. Nichols earned his M.A. in philosophy from West Chester University, M.A.R. in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He also received an honorary D.H.L. from Geneva College. He has authored or edited more than thirty books, including volumes in the Guided Tour series on Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, and J. Gresham Machen. He recently authored R.C. Sproul: A Life and is the general editor of the Church History Study Bible. In addition, he hosts the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book.

A Letter From the Instructor

Dear Student,

I remember a “questions and answers” session with Dr. R.C. Sproul, Ligonier’s founder and RBC’s first president, in which he was asked which figure from church history had the greatest impact upon him. Without hesitating, Dr. Sproul answered, “My guy is Jonathan Edwards.” I have been studying Edwards since I first read his classic text Religious Affections back in 1987. I have enjoyed reading him and have learned a great deal from him since. That’s why I’m delighted that you are considering this course. Edwards had an insatiable appetite for God’s Word, God’s world, and God Himself. He was a scholar, pastor, revivalist, missionary—to the Mohicans, and a college president. Above all, he was a faithful, not perfect of course, disciple of Jesus Christ. I look forward to being challenged by his life and thought right alongside of you.

Thank you for considering taking this course.

Warm regards in Christ, Dr. Nichols