“There is nothing that keeps wicked men, at any one moment, out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God.”
–Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Sermons and Discourses: 1739-1742, in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 22, Ed. Harry S. Stout (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 405. Preached in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741.
“Jonathan Edwards is, by all accounts, one of the most remarkable figures in American history. More broadly, he is one of the most influential and respected Americans in the history of Christianity. Yet he is not as well known or understood as he should be. Most people who know anything about him recall only something about a school assignment of his sermon ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,’ which has left them with a stereotyped impression at best.”
–George M. Marsden, A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008), ix.