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The End of God in Creation

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/9780199791606.003.0014
The End of God in Creation

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This chapter begins with an analysis of Edwards's End of Creation. Although the work appears to be a traditional Calvinistic treatise, it is also highly innovative. Central to End of Creation is the “principle of proportionate regard” or the idea that “the Creator should be proportioned to the worthiness of objects, as well as the regard of the creatures.” This principle lays the foundation for the thesis that God created the world for his own sake. However, unlike Beza believed, human welfare is not subordinate to God's self glorification. On the contrary, “God's glory is humanity's happiness.” Both comprise God's ultimate end for creating the world. The chapter concludes by examining the treatise in light of three major interpretive contexts: the Eighteenth century Enlightenment, Roman Catholicism, and Kyoung Chul Jang's “Logic of Glorification.”

Keywords: proportion; glory; ethics; happiness; Reformed tradition; Beza; Enlightenment; Roman Catholicism; Kyoung Chul Jang

Chapter.  7832 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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