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  • Editorial

    • Authors: The Editors
      First page: 78
      Abstract: We are pleased to publish the fall 2017 issue of the Jonathan Edwards Studies online journal, and continue to be encouraged by the reception and review of the journal and by the contributions we have received from scholars and researchers from all fields, specialists and generalists alike. 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.
      PubDate: 2017-12-15
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2017)
  • The Beauty of the Cross: Retrieving Penal Substitutionary Atonement on
           Jonathan Edwards’ Aesthetic Basis

    • Authors: Tyler Kerley
      Pages: 79 - 102
      Abstract: Two concerns in contemporary theology give rise to this attempt to retrieve a key aspect of Edwards’ thought. The first need arises from the more specific realm of Edwards studies. While there have been a number of works produced on Edwards’ doctrine of the atonement, these studies often narrowly focus on whether Edwards espoused a penal substitutionary or a moral governmental motif of the atonement. Because it has been framed in these terms, this conversation so far has frequently been approached from the wrong angle, one that assumes Edwards’ doctrine rests either on a moral or a legal basis. The discussion has not yet centered on Edwards’ broader aesthetic framework.The second concern arises out of the broader domain of systematic theology. The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement has largely fallen into disrepute. Mark Baker and Joel Green’s Recovering the Scandal of the Cross will serve below as a representative of some of these contemporary criticisms of penal substitution. Although they convincingly deconstruct legal and moral expressions of penal substitutionary atonement, which are ultimately built on the Anselmian satisfaction theory, Baker and Green nevertheless do not undermine a proper articulation of penal substitution. It is at this crucial point that Edwards can retrieve penal substitution for theology today. Against the background of Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo and John Stott’s The Cross of Christ, it can be shown that, far from articulating either a legal or moral view of the atonement as these two figures do, Jonathan Edwards offers a competing aesthetic vision for penal substitutionary atonement. Instead of being based on legal or moral necessity, Edwards’ understanding of the atonement is based on the beauty of the Trinity. 
      PubDate: 2017-12-15
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2017)
  • He was “Altogether peculiar”: Samuel Miller’s Cautious Appreciation
           of Jonathan Edwards

    • Authors: Allen Stanton
      Pages: 120 - 138
      Abstract: Old Princeton Seminary (1812-1929) served as a bastion of Westminster Calvinism in a way unrivaled in America. In the nineteenth century, the institution trained more clergy than any other institution. The seminary’s importance to nineteenth century American religious history can hardly be overstated and has been often explored. However, the school’s view on Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) has been little considered. There appears to be two general assumption amongst modern scholars: first, that Princeton largely adopted an Edwardsean piety; and secondly, that the school made an intentional move away from Edwards, especially his metaphysics, in exchange for Scottish Common-Sense Realism. However, closer inspection reveals something of a via media. In 1837, Samuel Miller (1769-1859), the seminary’s first professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government, wrote a biography of Edwards that reveals a cautious appreciation of him both generally and specifically in his philosophical approach. In this article, Miller’s views of Edwards will be considered and at times supplemented by his contemporaries. This essay seeks to shed greater light on the appropriation of Edwards by a major representative of the Reformed tradition in the nineteenth century as well as providing contextual explanations for Princeton’s caution towards Edwards.
      PubDate: 2017-12-15
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2017)
  • The First Devinity Lecture made by me James Pierpont & published in
           Yale College

    • Authors: James Pierpont Jr., Kenneth P. Minkema
      Pages: 139 - 168
      Abstract: Among the manuscripts in the Edwards Family Papers recently arrived at Yale University from Andover Newton Theological School are a number by James Pierpont the elder and younger. Pierpont Sr. was pastor of the First Church of New Haven, Connecticut, from 1684 until his death in 1714, as well as an original trustee of the school that would become Yale College; Pierpont Jr., the oldest son of James Sr. and Mary Hooker Pierpont, was for a time a tutor of the college co-founded by his father. Presented here, for the first time, is a sample from that cache: lectures delivered by Pierpont the younger to students at Yale College only four years after it had been established in New Haven.
      PubDate: 2017-12-15
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2017)
  • Recent Publications

    • Authors: The Editors
      Pages: 169 - 170
      Abstract: This list is by no means comprehensive; if readers wish to submit information on recent publications about the times, life, and influence of Edwards, please contact the Editors.
      PubDate: 2017-12-15
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2017)
  • The Edwardsean Roots of Manifest Destiny

    • Authors: Jeffrey Rosario
      Pages: 103 - 119
      Abstract: Jonathan Edwards's millennial thought was instrumental in the development of the notion of manifest destiny and western expansion. It incorporated at least three elements: an east to west geographical progression, a mission to eradicate heathenism from the land, and the interpretation of military conflict as divinely ordained. His vision for America is traced through Timothy Dwight down to Lyman Beecher’s generation, which witnessed the watershed developments of nineteenth-century manifest destiny and westward expansion.
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2
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