The Oxford Handbook of Jonathan Edwards

ISBN : 9780198754060

Douglas A. Sweeney; Jan Stievermann
608 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2021
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The Oxford Handbook of Jonathan Edwards offers a state-of-the-art summary of scholarship on Edwards by a diverse, international, and interdisciplinary group of Edwards scholars, many of whom serve as global leaders in the burgeoning world of research and writing on 'America's theologian'. As an early modern clerical polymath, Edwards is of interest to historians, theologians, and literary scholars. He is also an interlocutor for contemporary clergy and philosophical theologians. All such readers-and many more-will find here an authoritative overview of Edwards' life, ministry, and writings, as well as a representative sampling of cutting-edge scholarship on Edwards from across several disciplines. The volume falls into four sections, which reflect the diversity of Edwards studies today. The first section turns to the historical Edwards and grounds him in his period and the relevant contexts that shaped his life and work. The second section balances the historical reconstruction of Edwards as a theological and philosophical thinker with explorations of his usefulness for constructive theology and the church today. In part three, the focus shifts to the different ways and contexts in which Edwards attempted to realize his ideas and ideals in his personal life, scholarship, and ministry, but also to the ways in which these historical realities stood in tension with, limited, or resisted his aspirations. The final section looks at Edwards' widening renown and influence as well as diverse appropriations. This Handbook serves as an authoritative guide for readers overwhelmed by the enormity of the multi-lingual world of Edwards studies. It will bring readers up to speed on the most important work being done and then serve them as a benchmark in the field of Edwards scholarship for decades to come.


List of Contributors
Douglas A. Sweeney and Jan Stievermann: Introduction
Part I: Edwards' Backgrounds, Sources, and Contexts
1 Ava Chamberlain: Family Life
2 Harry S. Stout: Parish Ministry
3 George Marsden: Historical and Ecclesiastical Contexts
4 David W. Kling: Edwards in the Context of International Revivals and Missions
5 Peter J. Thuesen: Sources of Edwards' Thought
Part II: Edwards' Intellectual Labours
6 William J. Wainwright: Ontology
7 Paul Helm: Epistemology
8 Kyle C. Strobel: The Nature of God and the Trinity
9 S. Mark Hamilton: The Person of Christ
10 Robert W. Caldwell III: Pneumatology
11 Stephen R. C. Nichols: Revelation
12 Wim van Vlastuin: Federalism and Reformed Scholasticism
13 Phillip Hussey and Michael McClymond: Creation and Predestination
14 Jan Stievermann: History, Providence, and Eschatology
15 David P. Barshinger: Sin and Evil
16 Seng-Kong Tan: Anthropology, Affections, and Free Will
17 Rhys Bezzant: Ecclesiology and Sacraments
18 Elizabeth Agnew Cochran: Ethics
19 William Dyrness and Christi Wells: Aesthetics
20 Kathryn Reklis: Imagination and Hermeneutics
21 Avihu Zakai: The Natural Sciences and Philosophy of Nature
22 Sebastian Rehnman: Divine Idealism and Etiology
Part III: Edwards' Religious and Social Practices
23 Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe: Spirituality and Devotion
24 Robert E. Brown: Biblical Exegesis
25 Kenneth P. Minkema: Writing and Preaching Sermons
26 Esmari Potgieter: Education
27 John A. Grigg: Missions
28 John Saillant: Ministry to the Enslaved
29 Mark Valeri: Politics and Economics
Part IV: Edwards' Global Reception
30 James P. Byrd: North America
31 Jonathan Yeager: Britain and Europe
32 Sandra M.Gustafson: Edwards' Place and Importance in Anglo-American Literature
33 Dongsoo Han: Asia
34 Stuart Piggin: Australia
35 Adriaan C. Neele: Africa
36 Heber Carlos de Campos, Jr.: Latin America
37 Douglas A. Sweeney: Edwards Studies Today

About the author: 

Douglas A. Sweeney is Dean and Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.; Jan Stievermann is Professor of the History of Christianity in the US at Heidelberg University.

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