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Heaven Is a World of Love

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/9780199791606.003.0019
Heaven Is a World of Love

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For Edwards, heaven was a “world of love,” a progressive state in which the saints and the angels advance in knowledge, holiness, and happiness. His understanding of heaven included both theocentric and anthropocentric aspects. For Edwards, heaven belongs to God; it is the created dwelling place of the uncreated God. At the same time, joy and delight will flourish in heaven between creatures, including special affections between those attached to one another in their earthly life. Those saints already in heaven are privileged spectators watching the work of redemption continue to unfold. As such, their present condition is not final or ultimate, but will continue to progress. In fact, the holiness and happiness of all the saints will progress throughout all of eternity.

Keywords: heaven; saints; progress; redemption; love; joy; happiness; glory

Chapter.  6237 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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