Thursday, February 05, 2009

come together now

A timeline has been necessary to survive the last couple of weeks, because I am taking literature classes spanning both hemispheres and over 500 years.

Today I'm working to sort out the transition from the Baroque period to the Enlightenment, and it's really helpful to me to relate things back to what's happening in the U.S.

Along the way, I found this observation:
The great theologian of the awakening was Jonathan Edwards. Edwards was in many ways the Johann Sebastian Bach of Puritanism. Bach was the late culmination of the baroque era. So Edwards was the apex of the Puritan movement. Just as Bach is recognized as the greatest baroque composer, Edwards may have been the greatest Puritan theologian.

Kapic & Gleason, eds., The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics (InterVarsity 2004), 304.
I also found this religion/philosophy grid, which is great.

(Maybe Mr. Wikipedia is right about the internet. He just needs to figure out what the rest of the world already knows about Wikipedia.)

One last thought from the 18th century: Check out Piper's brand spanking new biography on George Whitefield, "I Will Not Be a Velvet-Mouthed Preacher!" Listen to this especially if Piper's talk at the 2008 National Conference left you wondering about the appropriateness of Whitefield's style.

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