The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

ISBN : 9780199791606

Michael J. McClymond; Gerald R. McDermott
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164 x 235 mm

The Theology of Jonathan Edwards is the first survey of the religious thought of America's theologian-Jonathan Edwards-that draws on all of his writings, now available in a 73-volume online Yale critical edition. In 48 chapters, McClymond and McDermott, two of the world's leading Edwards scholars, treat topics in Edwards's thought that have rarely been analyzed in depth, and never in coordination with a close analysis of the rest of his theology. Such topics include the implications of his doctrine of the Trinity for the divide between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy, his enduring appeal among both conservative and liberal Protestants, his ecclesial and sacramental theologies, his conflicted relationship with the history of Calvinism, the cultural-historical and comparative-religious turn he made toward the end of his career (as the leading colonial thinker on the topic of world religions), the appeals to his ideas in nineteenth- and twentieth-century debates over Methodist, Holiness, Pentecostal, and Charismatic revivals, and the reception of his writings in the England, Scotland, continental Europe, and, more recently, in the evangelical communities of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Many of these topics have only been treated in passing in the existing literature, and never in connection with one another and with the whole bulk of Edwards's writings.


Part One: Introduction: Historical, Cultural, and Social Contexts
Chapter One: Overture to a Symphony
Chapter Two: Jonathan Edwards: A Theological Life
Chapter Three: Edwards's Intellectual Context
Chapter Four: Edwards's Spirituality
Chapter Five: The Question of Development: Did Edwards Change?
Part Two: Topics in Edwards's Theology
Section One: Methods and Strategies
Chapter Six: Beauty and Aesthetics
Chapter Seven: Metaphysics
Chapter Eight: Typology: Scripture, Nature, and All of Reality
Chapter Nine: Revelation: Scripture, Tradition, and Reason
Chapter Ten: Apologetics
Chapter Eleven: Biblical Exegesis
Chapter Twelve: The Concept of a History of Redemption
Section Two: The Triune God, the Angels, and Heaven
Chapter Thirteen: God as Trinity: Father, Son, and Spirit
Chapter Fourteen: The End of God in Creation
Chapter Fifteen: Providence and History
Chapter Sixteen: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
Chapter Seventeen: The Role of the Holy Spirit
Chapter Eighteen: The Angels in the Plan of Salvation
Chapter Nineteen: Heaven is a World of Love
Section Three: Theological Anthropology and Divine Grace
Chapter Twenty: The Affections and the Human Person
Chapter Twenty-one: Edward's Calvinism and Theology of the Covenants
Chapter Twenty-two: Free Will and Original Sin
Chapter Twenty-three: Salvation, Grace, and Faith: An Overview
Chapter Twenty-four: Conversion: A Divine and Supernatural Light
Chapter Twenty-five: Justification and Sanctification
Chapter Twenty-six: The Theme of Divinization
Chapter Twenty-seven: The Theology of Revivals
Section Four: Church, Ethics, Eschatology, and Society
Chapter Twenty-eight: The Church
Chapter Twenty-nine: Edwards On (and In) the Ministry
Chapter Thirty: The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Chapter Thirty-one: The Voice of the Great God: A Theology of Preaching
Chapter Thirty-two: Public Theology, Society, and America
Chapter Thirty-three: True Virtue, Christian Love, and Ethical Theory
Chapter Thirty-four: Edwards On (and In) Missions
Chapter Thirty-five: Eschatology
Chapter Thirty-six: Christianity and Other Religions
Part Three: Legacies and Affinities: Edwards's Disciples and Interpreters
Chapter Thirty-seven: Selective Readings: Edwards and the New Divinity
Chapter Thirty-eight: Mixed Reactions: Princeton and Andover Seminaries, and Nineteenth-Century American Culture
Chapter Thirty-nine: New Beginnings: The Twentieth Century Recovery of Edwards's Theology
Chapter Forty: Interpretations, I: Edwards and Modern Philosophy
Chapter Forty-one: Interpretations, II: Edwards and the Reformed Tradition
Chapter Forty-two: Interpretations, III: Edwards and the Revival Tradition
Chapter Forty-three: Interpretations, IV: Edwards and the Catholic and Orthodox Traditions
Chapter Forty-four: Interpretations, V: Edwards and Contemporary Theology
Chapter Forty-five: Conclusion: Edwards as a Theological Bridge


Michael McClymond is Associate Professor of Theology, Saint Louis University. Gerald McDermott is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion, Roanoke College.