Interpretations IV: Edwards and the Catholic and Orthodox Traditions

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:
Interpretations IV: Edwards and the Catholic and Orthodox Traditions

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Although Edwards was a Calvinist and a Puritan, he had more in common with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy than one might expect. Similar to a number of Catholic theologians, discernment was an important theme throughout his writings. Likewise, the role of obedience as a “condition” in justification as well as metaphysical reflection on God as “being” bear some resemblance to the Catholic tradition. The role of beauty in his theology resonates with the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The same can be said of his Trinitarian metaphysics and adherence to divinization.

Keywords: Roman Catholicism; Eastern Orthodoxy; discernment; justification; metaphysics; Trinity; beauty; divinization; deification

Chapter.  5884 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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