The Moral Government of God

Oliver D. Crisp

in After Jonathan Edwards

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756292
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950379 | DOI:
The Moral Government of God

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This chapter examines the doctrines of atonement found in Edwards’s theology and that of his immediate disciple, Joseph Bellamy, the progenitor of the New Divinity governmental model of atonement. The chapter argues that in developing their own position, the New England theologians did not deviate from Edwardsian theology. Rather, they fused certain elements within a basically Edwardsian scheme, particularly emphasis on the moral government of God in creation, to forge a novel account of the work of Christ. In other words, they innovated within a theological tradition. The resulting account of the work of Christ is worthy of much more serious consideration in the academic literature than it has hitherto enjoyed.

Keywords: Jonathan Edwards; Joseph Bellamy; penal example; atonement; Edwardsian theology; creation

Chapter.  5719 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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