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Jonathan Edwards Studies
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     ISSN (Print) 2159-6875
     Published by Yale University Homepage  [8 journals]
  • EDITORIAL

    • Authors: The Editors
      Abstract: We are pleased to present the Fall 2014 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.
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • JONATHAN EDWARDS AND FRANCIS TURRETIN ON NECESSITY, CONTINGENCY, AND
           FREEDOM OF WILL. IN RESPONSE TO PAUL HELM

    • Authors: Richard A. Muller
      Abstract: In his own time, as well as throughout the nineteenth century, Edwards’ views were both criticized and praised as a departure from Reformed understandings of free choice, defended as fully compatible with Reformed doctrine including the formulations found in the Westminster Standards albeit somewhat more deterministic than the older tradition, and applauded as finally moving Reformed thought on the subject into a philosophically adequate determinist framework. These debates took place both in Edwards’ own North American context and also in Great Britain and involved such thinkers as Joseph Priestley, Dugald Stuart, William Hamilton, William Cunningham, John Lafayette Girardeau, and Robert Dabney. My recent essay lining out the British debates and indicating Edwards’ departure from the patterns of thought found in the older Reformed orthodoxy has been challenged by Paul Helm, who argues that Edwards’ philosophical compatibilism can be readily assimilated to the teachings of the Reformed orthodox.
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • JONATHAN EDWARDS AROUND THE WORLD

    • Authors: The Editors
      Abstract: This journal issue concludes with updates that were received from directors of various affiliated Jonathan Edwards Centers around the world at the date of this journal publication, and we thought our readers might be interested in reading them.
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • EDWARDS ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

    • Authors: Jonathan Huggins
      Abstract: This attractive new work by Dane Ortlund is part of a new series by Crossway that aims to draw wisdom from significant voices of the past in living the Christian life. Present volumes in the series include analyses of Calvin, Wesley, Bonhoeffer, Warfield, and Schaeffer, with others to come. Each volume includes a subtitle that is intended to summarize the person’s main. In this case, the subtitle highlights Edwards’s emphasis on the “beauty” of God, which appears as an over-arching theme in Edwards’s writings on many subjects.
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    • Authors: The Editors
      Abstract: Once again the reader finds a list of books and articles on Edwards and related topics, which by no means is comprehensive, but offers recent publications, that have come to our attention
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • GODLY MIND: PURITAN REFORMED ORTHODOXY AND JOHN LOCKE IN JONATHAN
           EDWARDS’S CONCEPTION OF GRACIOUS COGNITION AND CONVICTION

    • Authors: William K. B. Stoever
      Abstract: How is it that, among comparably intelligent, well-intentioned people exposed to the same arguments, some seem to apprehend the truth of metaphysical and theological propositions, and others do not? Is some sort of disposition to susceptibility necessary, particular to individuals, in addition to conceptual understanding? Ancient Platonists and Peripatetics thought so. Puritan theologians in New England did also. Among people who repeatedly heard the same sermonic exposition and exhortation, and knew the formal doctrines articulated therein, some seemed to apprehend these as existential realities in respect to themselves, and others to entertain them, more or less earnestly, as propositions of varying abstractness and probability. For New England Puritans and Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), the phenomenon of differential conviction posed a practical and theoretical problem respecting the content and character of saving conversion, which they considered the decisive event in Christian life.
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE NORTHAMPTON COMMUNION CONTROVERSY III

    • Authors: Douglas L. Winiarski
      Abstract: Jonathan Edwards’ fateful decision to repudiate the church admission practices of his grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, provoked a bitter dispute with his parishioners that led to his dismissal in 1750. Scholars have long debated the meaning of this crucial turning point in Edwards’ pastoral career. For early biographers, the Northampton communion controversy served as an index of eighteenth-century religious decline. More recent studies situate Edwards’ dismissal within a series of local quarrels over his salary, the “Bad Book” affair, conflicts with the Williams family, and the paternity case of Elisha Hawley. This essay is the first a series that reexamines the tangled religious context of the communion controversy through newly discovered historical documents. This is the third installment
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • TURRETIN AND EDWARDS ONCE MORE

    • Authors: Paul Helm
      Abstract: I thank Richard Muller for his thoughtful and engaging response. I concur with the conclusion of his section 1; that is, concur with his claim that Edwards is Lockean in his outlook on compatibilism,and that Edwards and the Reformed orthodox were each compatibilists, though of a different sort. The similarity that Muller shows exists between the language of Hobbes and Locke on this point seems to imply that Edwards would have concurred with the language of Hobbes had he met it, even though he may not (as far as we can tell) have thought it important to read Hobbes. As far as the understanding of Edwards is concerned a chief concern was over the impression that Richard Muller was giving by his use of the term ‘physical’ to describe Edwards’s view that Edwards inclined (to say the least) to Hobbes’s materialism. But Edwards was an emphatic dualist, as Muller now makes clear.

      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
  • JONATHAN EDWARDS’ PHILOSOPHICAL ARGUMENT CONCERNING GOD’S END
           IN CREATION

    • Authors: Walter J. Schultz
      Abstract: Providing a coherent concept of God’s purpose and motive in creating the world in view of God’s self-sufficiency (i.e., aseity) and how this may be related to morality was a problem addressed by many philosophers and theologians in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.  The problem involves a cluster of questions.  What is God’s end in creation and what explains God’s acting to achieve it?  Furthermore, if God is a se, then how could it make sense for God to have purposes at all, much less to act from motives in the first place?  Is God free?  How does creature compliance or non-compliance with God’s will relate to God’s purposes?
      Issue No: Vol. 4
       
 
 
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