Revelation: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition

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:
Revelation: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition

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For Edwards the whole universe is an ongoing revelation of the divine being, a gradual communication of the Son of God. God's revelation is not simply the impartation of knowledge or even happiness but participation in divine being itself. It is conveyed not only by the Bible but also by regenerate reason and orthodox tradition, both imparting cognitive concepts and infusing vision and God's own being. By oral tradition and the written Word, by Spirit-guided reflection on the Word and the opening of the eyes of human hearts to God's beauty in Christ, God communicates his own knowledge of himself, which includes his love for and enjoyment of his own being.

Keywords: revelation; tradition; reason; beauty; knowledge; love; joy

Chapter.  8119 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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