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Landscapes of Desire / On Pilgrimage with Jonathan Edwards

Belden C. Lane

in Ravished by Beauty

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755080
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755080.003.0011
Landscapes of Desire / On Pilgrimage with Jonathan Edwards

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This chapter details the author's pilgrimage with his wife—as the 300th anniversary of Edwards's birth approached on October 5, 2003—to experience the places that had occasioned the Northampton pastor's highly sensual understanding of the spiritual life. Edwards provides a middle way between Aquinas and Barth, employing what we might call an “analogy of desire or delight” (analogia delectationis). Of all the mysteries in the cosmos, it is the yearning of creation that most points us to God. He argued that echoes of God's glory are received and returned in the creature's knowing, loving, and delighting in a world that mirrors the divine. While he thought this occurred in its fullness only among those blessed with a new spiritual sense, the world evokes a definite—if imperfect—delight in God's beauty for all those created in God's image.

Keywords: pilgrimage; pastor; God; spiritual life; creation

Chapter.  4051 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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