Jonathan Edwards

The Benefits of Gratitude: Self-Love and its Limitations for an Ethical Life

Christmas is six weeks behind us, yet a post on gratitude is probably appropriate for any season. In December, the “Gift Guide” of SF Chronicle published A Gift of Gratitude by Nancy Davis Kho. Kho is author of the “Thank-You Project,” whose objective is to inspire persons to compose one letter a week, expressing appreciation for those who’ve positively influenced their lives.…

Praying for Christ’s Rule and Reign: A Humble Attempt

In the early 1730’s, a young New England pastor named Jonathan Edwards (1703–57) witnessed a series of sudden and powerful religious awakenings among churches and communities in what is modern-day Massachusetts. These localized revivals, though noteworthy in their own right, were mere preludes to what would later become known as the First Great Awakening. Tens of thousands across the then-British Colonies were…