The End for Which God Created the World: Updated to Modern English


The entire treatise is all here, updated for modern readers. While shortening sentences and untangling long paragraphs, I did my level-headed best to keep Edwards’ voice clear and authentic. Whether you’ve never read Edwards before, or you’ve read him extensively, this update should be a treat for you mind and soul.

The major theme running throughout the work is the glory of God. More specifically, Edwards maintains that God created the world as an arena for his own innate glory to flow in powerful emanation, where it is then to be received, enjoyed, and praised by the beings he made for that purpose (us!).

Here are a few kind words of praise from church leaders:

By carefully updating some of Edwards’ style and wording, Jason allows America’s greatest theologian to point a new generation to the great holiness of God, the horrible sinfulness of sin, and the gracious power of Jesus Christ to save. Thank you! – Buddy Gray, Pastor of Hunter Street Baptist Church

Jason has blessed us by opening up the works of Jonathan Edwards with updated style and vocabulary, so that we can benefit from perhaps the greatest intellect ever produced by God’s grace in our country and, therefore, contemplate biblically why the Lord our God has made all things, including us, for His glory, which is our joy. – Dr. Harry L. Reeder III, Pastor/Teacher of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Author of From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church

Jason Dollar has done an excellent job in making available to the church one of the most important of Edwards’ works in accessible modern prose. It is my hope and prayer that this book not only introduces readers to Edwards, but more so to the Christ that Edwards sought to exalt. Soli Deo Gloria! – Dr. Steven B. Cowan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Lincoln Memorial University, Author of The Love of Wisdom: A Christian Introduction to Philosophy

Jonathan Edwards is, without question, one of the great minds of the Christian tradition. Unfortunately, Edwards is often lauded but rarely read, because he is such a difficult read, both in the depth of his thoughts and in archaic writing style. Jason does us a great service, making the first more accessible by updating the second. Reading this classic work allows your affections to be stoked by the Spirit! – Dr. Kyle Strobel, Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology and Formation, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, Author of Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards has been limited to droll high school history class readings of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. We have missed the depths of his masterful exulting in God’s glory. What Jason has provided for us, then, is invaluable to the recovery and promotion of perhaps America’s greatest philosophical thinker. In this book it is as if Dollar has both polished the diamonds and given us the lenses to better behold them. Read, study, enjoy, and worship Christ through this book. – Jared C. Wilson, Pastor of Middletown Church, Author of Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus

May God’s glory be enjoyed and savored at a higher and more intense level because of this updated version of Edwards’ classic.