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"Patricia Tracy's 'Jonathan Edwards, Pastor' is a fine book, gracefully written and full of important new information about Edwards, his father, the lands in the town of Northampton, the seating controversy in the church, the differences between the two revivals, the conflicts over discipline in the community, and Edwards' last battle with his congregation. The social importance and the human vitality in all these subjects shine through Tracy's remarkably intelligent narrative."
--David Levin, University of Virginia
"Patricia Tracy's investigation of the triumphs, tribulations, and final tragedy of Jonathan Edwards' pastoral career is a fascinating and thoughtful contribution to the large literature on America's most famous religious thinker. More effectively than any writer I know of, she has described the almost ineluctable course of events that led to his dismissal from the church in Northampton. . . . Reading this book was for me an absorbing and instructive pleasure; I expect that scholars and students alike would enjoy the same experience."
--Sydney E. Ahlstrom, Yale University
"Ms. Tracy's meticulous research and disciplined interpretation result here in a fine portrait of Jonathan Edwards the pastor in all his grandeur and misery. This is a social / religious / intellectual history as it ought to be written."
--C. C. Goen, Wesley Theological Seminary