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Understanding Jonathan Edwards

Edited by Gerald R. McDermott

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195373431
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871681 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373431.001.0001
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Alternative Viewpoint: Edwards and Beauty

Katalin G. Kállay.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 2337 words.

The chapter reflects on Edwards’s “sense of the heart” by using the sense of smell, asks what is necessarily aesthetic, discusses the vulnerability of beauty, and comments on the experience...

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Alternative Viewpoint: Edwards and Biblical Typology

Gerald R. McDermott.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 1333 words.

The chapter argues that Edwards’s biblical exegesis does not fit neatly into a simplistic dichotomy of “precritical” versus “critical,” and challenges theologians to explore Edwards’s...

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Alternative Viewpoint: Edwards and Philosophy

Magdaléna Ševčíková.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 1995 words.

The chapter explores three major philosophical themes in Edwards—being, knowledge and will—that represent challenges to theological and pragmatic positions taken today. It concludes that...

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Alternative Viewpoint: Edwards and Revival

Willem van Vlastuin.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 3753 words.

This chapter evaluates Edwards from four perspectives—the spiritual (Edwards’s metanarrative of history is a spiritual history directed to revival and the millennium), the historical...

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Alternative Viewpoint: Edwards and the Bible

Wolter H. Rose.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 2495 words.

This chapter appreciates Edwards’s desire to present Christ from all Scripture, but reminds readers of the importance of historical exegesis and warns that there is far more to Christ’s...

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Alternative Viewpoint: Edwards and the World Religions

Michal Valco.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 2331 words.

The chapter wonders if scholars have overemphasized Edwards’s openness to the salvation of non-Christians, and points instead to Edwards’s recognition of the tension between hopeful...

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Alternative Viewpoint: Jonathan Edwards’s Life and Career

Chris Chun.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 3115 words.

This chapter discusses Edwards’s influence on British religious thinkers and particularly the English Dissenters and Scottish evangelicals, focusing on two oft-neglected works in this...

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Alternative Viewpoint: The Literary Life of Jonathan Edwards

Anna Svetlikova.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 1941 words.

The chapter asks whether Edwards’s writings can be called literature, suggests Edwards’s relevance for literary theory, and explains how Edwards was helpful for spiritual life in societies...

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Conclusion: Edwards’s Relevance Today

Gerald R. McDermott.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 7396 words.

This chapter discusses Edwards’s relevance to issues today. It argues that Chapter 3 on revival calls into question some of the church’s strategies for growth today; Chapter 11 on...

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Edwards and Beauty

Sang Hyun Lee.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 6010 words.

The chapter argues that for Edwards, beauty is proportion or consent, and God’s consent or love within God’s own internal being is the highest and true beauty. God created the world in...

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Edwards and Biblical Typology

Fabiny Tibor.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 7353 words.

Jonathan Edwards developed a highly original form of biblical typology (or figuralism). This chapter first defines what biblical typology means; then shows that Edwards’s famous sermon “The...

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Edwards and Philosophy

Miklos Vetö.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 9379 words.

This chapter explores Jonathan Edwards’s work as a philosopher, discussing what that phrase means, and reviewing the possible sources of his thought, mainly among certain English...

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Edwards and Revival

Harry S. Stout.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 6877 words.

This chapter explores the cultural and intellectual context for Edwards’s revival sermons preached during the “Great Awakening” of the early 1740s, concentrating on the theme of redemption...

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Edwards and the Bible

Douglas A. Sweeney.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 9454 words.

This chapter emphasizes the importance of the Bible in Edwards’s life, thought, and work. It catalogues the wide range of Edwards’s biblical writings and details Edwards’s theological...

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Edwards and the World Religions

Gerald R. McDermott.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 8710 words.

This chapter explores here the widely-held assumption that Edwards had little or no interest in religions beyond Judaism and Christianity, and certainly no knowledge of the great traditions...

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Introduction: How to Understand the American Theologian

Gerald R. McDermott.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 4771 words.

This introductory chapter descibes how the editor of this book came to be interested in the subject of Jonathan Edwards. It explains the interest Edwards has held for so many theologians...

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Jonathan Edwards’s Life and Career: Society and Self

Kenneth P. Minkema.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 5819 words.

This chapter considers the personal Edwards from two vantage points: self and society. “Self” means what we can gather from what Edwards said about himself, or what others who knew him said...

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The Literary Life of Jonathan Edwards

Wilson H. Kimnach.

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 5638 words.

The chapter describes how the literary biography of Jonathan Edwards shows him living a frontier life on the western edge of the culture and society from which he derived inspiration. His...

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