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Jonathan Edwards Studies    Follow    
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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 2013 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. 3
       
  • A “VISIBLE MONUMENT” OF GRACE OR DISPLEASURE?
    • Authors: Rachel N Koopman
      Abstract: Despite the vast collection of studies on Edwards’ theological, epistemological and philosophical legacy, his regard for Judaism, Israel and the Jews of his time has escaped sustained historical attention. Only Gerald R. McDermott has devoted a brief chapter on
      Edwards and Judaism in his book Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods (2000), and Stephen J. Stein discussed Edwards’ study of the cultures of biblical violence in Jonathan Edwards at 300 (2005), but Edwards’ view on the Jewish identity is still very much unexplored terrain.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
       
  • THE ECOLOGICAL PROMISE OF JONATHAN EDWARDS’ RELATIONAL ONTOLOGY
    • Authors: Russell Powell
      Abstract: According to Jonathan Edwards, “The whole universe, earth, air and seas… [is] full of images of divine things, as full as a language is of words.”1 As Sang Hyun Lee has demonstrated in his study of Edwards’ theological metaphysics, Edwards arrived at this idea through a complex and constructive theological proposal. Rather than approach being qua being from the vantage of traditional Aristotelian ontology, which saw reality as an aggregate of individual substances, Edwards developed a relational ontology, wherein he conceived of the structure of being in terms of all reality’s inherent relationality, accounting for the way relations subsist both among things and within them. For Edwards relationality was internal to being, and therefore constituted the nature of reality on its deepest level.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
       
  • THE BIBLICAL WORLD OF JONATHAN EDWARDS
    • Authors: Douglas A Sweeney
      Abstract: Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) lived in a world strangely different from our own, a world imbued, often enchanted, by the contents of the Bible. Most of his family members, friends,congregants, and correspondents, both at home and back in Britain, would have identified the Bible as their most important book, the one they knew and loved the best, indeed their favorite source of information, inspiration, and insight into the nature of reality. Frequently it frightened them. They took its stories and warnings about the jealousy, wrath, and judgment of God as awesome matters of fact. However, it usually also succored them. They staked their very lives upon its promise of salvation, grace, and mercy to the penitent, its words of consolation to the anxious and oppressed, and its guidance for those who sought to live in a way that pleased the Lord
      Issue No: Vol. 3
       
  • THE DEVELOPMENT IN JONATHAN EDWARDS’ COVENANT VIEW
    • Authors: Cornelis van der Knijff, Willem van Vlastuin
      Abstract: Relatively little has been written about the covenant views of Jonathan Edwards, and the majority that has been written on the topic was part of the discussion about the relationship of and possible tension between ‘pure Calvinism’ and the development of federal theology by the Puritans. After Perry Miller argued that Edwards was the first to abandon covenant theology and return to the so-called pure Calvinism, many authors argued that covenant theology was not at odds with Calvinism and had a firm place in Edwards’ thought, most notably Helm, Stout, Gerstner and Bogue. Although Bogue’s work provides a broad overview of the covenant concept in Edwards’ works, he treats Edwards’ works as a complete unity, without commenting on possible developments and different concerns. Only recently McClymond and McDermott came up with an arrangement of Edwards’ views in three different periods. Until their contribution, accounts of Edwards covenant views have been largely descriptive, without looking for specific concerns or related discussions that led to developments in Edwards’ views.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
       
  • NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE NORTHAMPTON COMMUNION CONTROVERSY
    • 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. The first installment explores the conflict from the perspective of David Hall, a little-known clergyman from central Massachusetts who participated in the dismissal proceedings.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
       
  • Ronald Story, Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love
    • Authors: Jonathan Huggins
      Abstract: Ronald Story, Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love. Amherst and Boston:University of Massachusetts Press, 2012. Pp. ix + 165. $22.95.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
       
  • RECENT PUBLICATIONS
    • Authors: The Editors
      Abstract: Readers are encouraged to send in bibliographical information on recently published books, articles, dissertations, theses, and other items on Edwards and related topics not listed here to edwards@yale.edu.
      Issue No: Vol. 3
       
 
 
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