Oliver D. Crisp

in Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755295
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979486 | DOI:

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The first chapter begins with the state of the art in current Edwards studies. In it, I argue that Edwards does not abandon essentialist metaphysics, but stands within the Reformed tradition of embracing such a metaphysical account of the world. This runs counter to Sang Lee's understanding of Edwards's metaphysics, which has been influential on many of the current generation of Edwards scholars, and which offers the most powerful and sustained account of Edwards's philosophical theology to date. Having set out my own understanding of Edwardsian ontology, I show how Lee's interpretation is mistaken in several important respects. In the course of this argument, I set out some central structures of Edwards's ontology. These include his idealism, mental phenomenalism, essentialism, and his particular combination of a doctrine of continuous creation with occasionalism.

Keywords: Sang Lee; dispositions; divine nature; ontology; continuous creation; occasionalism; bundle theory; Berkeley; Hume

Chapter.  9834 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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