Sunday, 5 June 2016

Summer Schedule

This is starting to shape up to be a great summer. I recently finished the last edits and index for my forthcoming book, Jonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture, which is now available for pre-sale on and the OUP website.

Last summer, when I was taking a Rare Book School course at the Library Company of Philadelphia, I had the archive's photographer take digital images of several first edition books by Jonathan Edwards, with the intent that one of these pictures could be used for the cover. I was glad that OUP agreed to use one of the images. The cover for the book consists of spines images (from left to right) of Edwards's Some Thoughts (1742), Religious Affections (1746), Humble Attempt (1748), Freedom of the Will (1754), Original Sin (1758), Life of Edwards (1765), Sermons on the Following Subjects (1780), and A History of the Work of Redemption (1774). I was thrilled to read the blurbs that OUP secured from Catherine Brekus and David Hall of Harvard Divinity School and Ken Minkema of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale.

My remaining summer schedule will consist of some fly fishing at the Hiwassee River and Tims Ford Dam in Tennessee, surfing at Carolina Beach, NC, a family reunion in the Pittsburgh, PA area, redoing my Modern Christian Thought course, creating the lectures for a new gen ed course at UTC on the History of Christianity, and taking a seminar at Princeton University's Witherspoon Institute on "Religion and Liberty in the American Founding Era" taught by Daniel Dreisbach, Thomas Kidd, and Gerald McDermott. It should be a great summer!

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