Peter Reese Doyle was born in Pensacola, FL in 1930. His father was a naval aviator and, in Peter's younger years, the family moved often as a result.
After graduating from Washington and Lee University, he married Sally Ann Jackson of Roanoke, VA. He studied at Virginia (Episcopal) Theological Seminary in Virginia and at Seabury-Western Seminary in Illinois, receiving the B.D. degree in 1957. He and his wife served as Episcopal missionaries at Cuttington College and Divinity School in Liberia, West Africa, where he taught theology and Sally Ann taught French.
In 1961 Peter began two years of graduate studies at the University of Basel. At the suggestion of Professor Karl Barth, he chose to study Jonathan Edwards' extensive writings on the work of God's Spirit in human lives. Peter later served as a pastor in Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama and taught theology at several seminaries.
Since retiring from the pastorate in 2006, he has focused his energies on ministering to college students in Auburn, Alabama. He also continues his ministry of writing inspirational adventure stories for young readers (The Daring Family Adventures series and The Drums of War series). Peter and Sally Ann have two children and five grandchildren.
As we see an anemic Christendom today in its witness, ethics, and influence, we find the correctives and the guidance we need in the works of Jonathan Edwards––revivalist preacher, philosopher, and theologian. In this insightful book, former pastor and missionary Peter Doyle presents Edwards’ theology in a comprehensive scope: in its cultural context, against its adversaries, and with all its practical and pastoral implications.
Doyle paints for readers a clear picture of how Edwards understands the ‘new birth’. A cursory treatment of being born again this is not. The great revivals under Edwards’ preaching gave to the converts a sense of the glory of God, their own sinfulness, and a humility before the sacrifice of Christ for their sin.
For a day when scientific knowledge, sexual interpretation, and moral laws are divorced from God, Edwards speaks. Doyle himself has drawn on these teachings in his own ministry, and he ably shows their importance and relevance today. Biblical truth in the hands of Edwards lives mightily. Edwards in the hand of Peter Doyle comes alive with his elegant writing, clarity of ideas, and love for the subject.