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   ISSN (Print) 2159-6875
   Published by Yale University Homepage  [9 journals]
  • THE EXEGETICAL BASIS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS’ CESSATIONISM

    • Authors: Darren M. Pollock
      Pages: 121 - 137
      Abstract: While most work on Jonathan Edwards’ cessationism has rooted his views in his general theological framework and conception of redemptive history, his cessationist beliefs were not without a strong exegetical basis. In several sermons dealing with spiritual gifts and vocation, Edwards drew on a wide range of New Testament scriptures, from the gospels to the Pauline epistles (especially 1 Corinthians) to Revelation, to argue that the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, having long-since fulfilled their purpose, had ceased at the close of the apostolic age. Paul had clearly foretold this cessation of the instrumental, non-salvific gifts, so their end was nothing to mourn, nor their resumption a thing to hope for. Rather, the church should focus on the greater work of the Holy Spirit in the continued, ordinary graces, and on its own calling to function as Christ’s body in the world. As a moderate voice during the Great Awakening, Edwards exhorted believers to pursue the true and lasting spiritual graces, which were less susceptible to deception, fostered greater humility, pointed to God’s glory, and were of greatest use to the church.
      PubDate: 2015-11-12
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2015)
       
  • TOWARDS A SOLUTION TO THE “PERENNIALLY INTRIGUING PROBLEM” OF
           THE SOURCES OF JONATHAN EDWARDS’ IDEALISM

    • Authors: Sebastian Rehnman
      Pages: 138 - 155
      Abstract: This paper argues that Jonathan Edwards developed idealism from the instruction he received and conveyed in logic, ethics, physics and metaphysics. His view of the direct perception of mind with its ideas and the indirect perception of matter provided the basis for a dualism between mind and matter and the necessary condition of the distinction between the ideal and the material world
      PubDate: 2015-11-12
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2015)
       
  • AN EARLY PRINTING OF A SERMON BY EDWARDS

    • Authors: Jonathan Edwards, Jonathan Yeager
      Pages: 156 - 176
      Abstract: Recently, Jonathan Yeager of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, discovered the imprint of a sermon by Edwards on Revelation 14:2, preached in November 1734, in an obscure, short-lived English journal, The Biblical Magazine. The sermon, published in the inaugural volume of the journal in 1801, appeared in two installments, apparently divided according to preaching units as they appeared in the original manuscript. We can only surmise that division, because the manuscript no longer survives, which makes the discovery of this printing quite valuable. (It is worth noting that the New-York Missionary Magazine 3 [1802], pp. 99 ff., also publishes the sermon, but, curiously, only the first preaching unit.) It was later included by Sereno Dwight in his ten-volume collection of Edwards’ writings (1829) under the title, Praise, One Of The Chief Employments Of Heaven. Whether Dwight had access to the manuscript is unknown, but since the text was sponsored by the English divine John Ryland Jr., it seems likely that he was sent the manuscript by his correspondent Jonathan Edwards Jr., and that Dwight actually based his edition on Ryland’s earlier one. Whichever text Dwight used, there are significant differences his and that of Ryland, the more significant of which are noted.
      PubDate: 2015-11-12
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2015)
       
  • APPROACHING JONATHAN EDWARDS: THE EVOLUTION OF A PERSONA

    • Authors: The Editors
      Pages: 177 - 179
      Abstract: In a time when studies of Edwards have been increasingly dominated by explorations of central theological themes, Carol Ball has presented us with an appreciation of Edwards from a literary perspective, harking back to the beginning of the Edwards renaissance in the mid-twentieth century, when scholars such as Perry Miller, Edwin Cady, and Alan Heimert drew attention to Edwards the American writer. Drawing on a later generation of literary scholars of Edwards including Helen Westra, M.X. Lesser and particularly Wilson Kimnach, who was the first to engage in an extended treatment of Edwards’ “literary technique,” Ball takes a different approach by looking at how Edwards sought to present himself to those who read and heard him in a particular way, in a “persona.”
      PubDate: 2015-11-12
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2015)
       
  • FULLNESS RECEIVED AND RETURNED: TRINITY AND PARTICIPATION IN JONATHAN
           EDWARDS

    • Authors: Scott R. Fennema
      Pages: 180 - 181
      Abstract: Fullness Received and Returned: Trinity and Participation in Jonathan Edwards by Tan Seng-Kong can be classified as part of the recent trend in Edwardsian scholarship to accentuate the theme of “participation”. Tan corroborates this, writing, “Human participation in the divine life is, therefore, a central theme in Edwards’s soteriology and a defining motif in his overall theological thinking” (1). Unlike other recent, yet partial, accounts, Tan’s project intends to give a, “systematic and broad account of Edwards’s doctrine of participation in the divine life” (2). The methodology assumed is systematic in character and not historical, while the workhorse of this methodology is Edwards’ exitus-reditus theme, as seen within/between the Trinity and creation.
      PubDate: 2015-11-12
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2015)
       
  • EDITORIAL

    • Authors: The Editors
      First page: 89
      Abstract: We are pleased to present the Fall 2015 issue of Jonathan Edwards Studies. It is the continuing mission of this journal to present all aspects of Edwards Studies, and more, to encourage inquiry and engagement of Edwards and his context. This issue features articles by Ryan Hoselton, Winner of the 2015 Annual Graduate Student Paper Competition (Jonathan Edwards Center Germany, Universität Heidelberg), “Jonathan Edwards, the Inner Witness of the Spirit, and Experiential Exegesis” seeking to contribute...
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2
       
  • JONATHAN EDWARDS, THE INNER WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT, AND EXPERIENTIAL
           EXEGESIS

    • Authors: Ryan Hoselton
      Pages: 90 - 120
      Abstract: This essay seeks to contribute to the growing literature on Jonathan Edwards’ exegesis and its importance to his thought and ministry. Many studies have examined Edwards’ epistemology and understanding of revelation in juxtaposition with Enlightenment thinkers like John Locke. While recognizing that Edwards’ post-Lockean intellectual context deeply impacted his thought, this essay demonstrates that Edwards also creatively drew from traditions of experimental piety in his exegesis. In his efforts to comprehend and bolster the emerging piety of the evangelical awakenings, Edwards exploited the Reformed doctrine of the Spirit’s inner testimony in order to invest individual religious experience with an elevated authority in biblical interpretation. This move not only impacted the emphases and substance of his exegesis—reflecting the concerns and themes of the early evangelical movement—but it also empowered individual lay believers with greater interpretive powers, consequently contributing to the populist character of early evangelical identity and the democratization of religious authority in America.
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2
       
 
 
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