Historian George Marsden to address Library of Congress symposium on Jonathan Edwards

by Dennis Brown

University of Notre Dame historian George Marsden will deliver the plenary address at a conference this weekend (Oct. 3-4) at the Library of Congress marking the 300th birthday of Protestant theologian Jonathan Edwards.p. Marsden, author of the new and critically acclaimed biography “Jonathan Edwards: A Life,” recently told The Associated Press that Edwards was “one of the most remarkable people in American history.”p. 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, will be one of 15 scholars participating in the Library of Congress event, which is titled "Jonathan Edwards at 300: A National Symposium? and has been funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Lilly Endowment Inc., the Henry Luce Foundation, and Yale University.

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