Interpretations V: Edwards and Contemporary Theology

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 V: Edwards and Contemporary Theology

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As Edwards's work is becoming better known, more contemporary theologians are beginning to use parts of his theological project to assist their own. Some, such as H. Richard Niebuhr in the mid-twentieth century, are indebted to Edwards for their overall theological vision. The same is true of pastor-scholar John Piper. This chapter highlights a few of the major areas in which Edwards has influenced contemporary theology. While his theocentrism and historical approach to theology have had far-ranging impact, his work continues to inspire ethics and aesthetics—or more specifically, aesthetic theology. As in the past, Edwards's imprint is still on a range of spiritual theologies and spiritualities, and Edwardsean influence is growing in theology of the religions and public theology—two dimensions of Edwards's thinking that have been explored only recently.

Keywords: H. Richard Niebuhr; John Piper; theocentrism; ethics; aesthetics; theology of the religions; public theology

Chapter.  3934 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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