Calvinism and Jonathan Edwards

Bruce Kuklick

in A History of Philosophy in America

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260164
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597893 | DOI:
 Calvinism and Jonathan Edwards

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In the eighteenth century, ministers dominated New England intellectual life, and their reflections on Calvinist theology reached a high point in the work of Jonathan Edwards. Edwards's earliest writings brought together John Locke and Isaac Newton in a defence of a religious metaphysics. Later, after a career as a practicing clergyman who led the ‘Great Awakening’, Edwards developed a Calvinist theology founded on the covenant of grace whose centre was the experience of an omnipotent God. His views were most significantly spelt out in Religious Affections (1746) and Freedom of the Will (1754).

Keywords: Calvinism; covenant of grace; Jonathan Edwards; Freedom of the Will; Great Awakening; John Locke; Isaac Newton; Religious Affections

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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