• Concerning the End for Which God Created the World

  • By: Jonathan Edwards
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Jonathan Edwards dissertation concerning the ultimate reason that God made the world. One of several pieces written by the brilliant theologian so that a large number readers might understand complicated theological issues. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is a towering figure in American history. A controversial theologian and the author of the famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he ignited the momentous Great Awakening of the 18th century.

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Brilliant exposition of the glory of God...

as it manifests itself in His work of Creation Providence and Redemption, first carefully reasoned, and then proven with an abundance of Scripture.

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Astounding!

I’ve read only a little of Edwards’ work. This dissertation draws me in and makes me want to read more deeply, not only for its subject, but also its consequences for biblical theology and cultural anthropology.

I’m not going to attempt to unpack these ideas or try to review the work in this short note, except to confess that following Edwards in the scope and terrain of his philosophically conditioned, biblically saturated mind will both stretch and edify the reader. Further, I am astounded by implications of his argument to the core cultural challenges of our own day, challenges of purpose, meaning, and identity which are shaking our liberal, postmodern society. I owe this book a deeper read before attempting to say more.

I’ll also note that Sean Runnette’s narration is excellent. As a veteran broadcaster, I can be hard on narrators. Sean paces himself perfectly and elucidates the text from the first sentence to the last. That’s certainly no easy feat for a Jonathan Edwards book.

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The Greatest Christian Book I Have Ever Read

I have now heard the truth and I will spend the rest of my days meditating upon it that I might glorify God for His Namesake, and my delight.

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  • Phil - High Wycombe
  • 02-14-21

Really worth hearing.

So good that listened to twice while walking the dog during lockdown. Takes a bit of concentration at the beginning but if continued pays dividends in understanding both the Scriptures and their God.

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  • Victor Czerwinski
  • 12-30-18

A book worth having

What an excellent book to help every Christian to grow and develop . The reading is enjoyable and has the correct tone.

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  • Bob Thurlow
  • 01-03-20

Eye-opening and awe-Inspiring

For anyone who wants God to see glorified above all else, this book is immensely satisfying.

Edwards spends a large part of the book proving, first by logic and reason, and then from countless Scripture passages, that God rightly demands his own glory above all else.

Then, for me, came a twist in the tail.

For me personally, as one who would gladly put God’s desire to glorify himself above God’s love for the saints, this was the twist:

If you’ll forgive me for badly paraphrasing Edwards, the fact that a fountain overflows is no indication of any lack in the fountain. The fact that the sun’s beams shine forth and the sun’s glory is reflected by the objects that are illuminated, in no way detracts from the glory of the sun.

If God’s love is a manifestation of his glory, then there must necessarily be those who are beloved and are on the receiving end of that love. If God’s mercy is a manifestation of his glory, then there must necessarily be those who are recipients of his mercy. And the necessary existence of the recipients of God’s mercy is an indication of an abundance in God, not a need in God that must be filled.

And what inspired me most of all is the realisation that Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the Cross, while being purely an expression of His unconditional love for all the saints and his desire for their eternal happiness, is at the same time purely an expression of his desire that he alone should receive all the glory for their salvation. The two are not contradictory or incompatible. We don’t have to choose between the chief end of the Cross being God’s glory, and the chief end of the Cross being God’s unconditional love for the saints. The two ends are one - the glory of God.

As Edwards, says, all these ends are the one end, and that end is the glory of God.