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Edwards's Calvinism and Theology of the Covenants

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/9780199791606.003.0021
Edwards's Calvinism and Theology of the Covenants

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Edwards was a Calvinist but not of the sort Perry Miller imagined. He spent the better part of his career defending Calvinist positions, but doing so creatively and not slavishly. Contrary to what most Edwards scholars thought in the mid-twentieth century, Edwards embraced covenantal theology—not only the covenants of works, grace, and redemption but also the church and national covenants. The chapter concludes by looking at Edwards's understandings of divine decrees, perhaps the most contested of Calvinist doctrines. It finds that Edwards rejected supra-lapsarianism but found many high Calvinist conceptions to be compelling and rational.

Keywords: Calvin; Calvinism; covenant; Perry Miller; grace; works; redemption; divine decrees; supralapsarianism; infralapsarianism

Chapter.  7878 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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