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Interpretations II

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/9780199791606.003.0041
Interpretations II

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Edwards's thinking is recognizably Reformed, but with a difference. He was irreverent toward Calvin, expected to find new theological light as he went along, and more often than not enjoyed tinkering with if not transforming his received Puritan and Reformed traditions. At the same time, Edwards thought in Reformed categories and considered himself an apologist for the Reformed tradition. This chapter examines both his concordance with Calvin and later Reformed thinkers, and the points where he diverged from and developed earlier Reformed thinking. Finally, it compares him to two other Reformed theologians—Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher and Karl Barth.

Keywords: Reformed tradition; Calvin; Calvinism Puritanism; Schleiermacher; Barth

Chapter.  5084 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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