Sunday, 15 November 2015

Theology on Tap

Who wouldn't want a free drink and the opportunity to hear a stimulating lecture? If you are in the Chattanooga area on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30pm, consider stopping in at the Camp House for the next Theology on Tap session. I have the privilege of giving this talk. Below is my abstract.

What difference does the printed word make in the dissemination of ideas? How and why were books published during the eighteenth century? In this talk, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Religion Jonathan Yeager will explain how Jonathan Edwards became an international celebrity because of the way that his books were published. Today we know of Edwards as America's greatest theologian and a leading revivalist during his day, but before the publication of his famous account of an awakening in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1734-35, he was known only regionally as a New England pastor. With the success of Edwards's Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God at London in 1737, he went on to write other landmark publications, including his Treatise Concerning Religious Affections (1746), The Life of David Brainerd (1749), Freedom of the Will (1754), and Original Sin (1758). How did the way that these books were published influence the reception of his ideas? Were some of his books more popular than others, and why? These and other questions will be answered in Dr. Yeager's interactive presentation on "Jonathan Edwards and the Power of Print," the subject of which forms the basis of his forthcoming book with Oxford University Press.

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