Historian Marsden to discuss latest book on C-SPAN2

Author: Shannon Chapla

University of Notre Dame historian George Marsden will discuss his critically acclaimed biography “Jonathan Edwards: A Life” this weekend on C-SPAN2. He will appear at 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday (Jan.10-11) on the “Book TV” program “Public Lives.” C-SPAN2 is carried on most cable television systems and is on Channel 69 locally.p. A controversial Protestant theologian and author raised in New England, Edwards (1703-1758) has been credited with igniting the Enlightenment movement of the 18th century. Marsden tells his personal story and casts light on his pastoral work as well as aspects of American history at that time.p. Marsden, who recently delivered the plenary address at a conference at the Library of Congress marking Edwards’ 300th birthday, told the Associated Press he considers Edwards “one of the most remarkable people in American history.” He added that Edwards’ famed sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” in which he preached a vision of torturous damnation, overshadows the principal themes of his ministry: love, beauty, harmony, and the majesty of God in His universe.p. Marsden, the McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame, is the author of more than a dozen books and more than two dozen articles.p. “Book TV” highlights non-fiction works each weekend and features in-depth author interviews and readings, and tours of libraries, bookstores and private collections.p. Additional information on the program is available on the Web at http://www.booktv.org/ .

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