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Metaphysics

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0007
Metaphysics

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Unlike for many theologians of the Reformation or Neo-Orthodoxy, philosophy provided Edwards with a means for affirming the transcendent greatness and glory of God. Although difficult to classify, his thought is best described by the term theocentrism; only God's existence is fully realized. Affirming the idea that all events are effects of God's agency and that the creatures are not capable of producing effects on one another, Edwards may be considered an occasionalist. He also stated his own ontological argument by claiming that being as such, rather than some being, must exist necessarily. As a theocentric idealist, Edwards grounded reality in the all-pervasive and all-inclusive mind of God.

Keywords: philosophy; metaphysics; epistemology; idealism; immaterialism; ocassionalism; theocentrism; ontology

Chapter.  6016 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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