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Journal Cover Jonathan Edwards Studies
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   ISSN (Print) 2159-6875
   Published by Yale University Homepage  [9 journals]
  • Jonathan Edwards and Islam

    • Authors: Gerald McDermott
      Pages: 93 - 106
      Abstract: Jonathan Edwards knew more about Islam than most intellectuals of his day. He owned a copy of the Quran, read dictionaries and encyclopedias of religion that discussed Islam, and wrote several thousand words of commentary on its history and theology in his theological notebooks. The religion and its major actors played significant roles in his History of the Work of Redemption. His settled views of Islam were not original; they seem to have derived mostly from secondary sources written by Reformed polemicists, and much of his writing against it was a function of his lifelong war with deism. Yet he raised questions which now seem prescient, accurately forecast that Islam would be one of the three most important religions geo-politically in the twenty-first century—along with Roman Catholicism and something like evangelical Protestantism—and constructed a theology of religions that can be helpful as we think of Islam today.
      PubDate: 2016-11-21
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2016)
  • Jesus Christ as the “Sum of God’s Decrees”: Christological
           Supralapsarianism in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards

    • Authors: Phillip Hussey
      Pages: 107 - 119
      Abstract: The traditional lapsarian debate among the Reformed orthodox, particularly in the 17th century, centers (roughly) on the question of whether the object of election and reprobation is the human being not-yet created and not-yet fallen (supralapsarian), or whether the object of election and reprobation is the human being created and fallen (infralapsarian). Although the debate most often focuses on the individual objects of predestination, the purpose of election and the incarnation also falls within the overall theological purview. In this sense, the incarnation is
      considered by a majority of Reformed theologians to follow as a result of the Fall (infra lapsus) and as a subsequent movement toward the redemption of sinful beings. The thrust of this essay then is to present Jonathan Edwards’s position regarding election and the incarnation as they relate to the divine decrees. In contrast to the majority opinion though, Edwards depicts the architectonic of election as a form of
      Christological supralapsarianism, which logically parses out the divine decrees as follows: (1) the triune God decrees to communicate the fullness of the Godhead through the second person of the Trinity; (2) the decree to communicate God’s fullness in the Son is creative; and (3) the creative decree also entails God’s desire to draw the creature into fellowship
      through the Son’s taking on creaturely existence, in particular the existence of a human being.
      PubDate: 2016-11-21
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2016)
  • Tokutaro Takakura’ s work towards the Development of Evangelical
           Christianity in Japan: With some References to Jonathan Edwards

    • Authors: Masatake Okubo
      Pages: 135 - 152
      Abstract: Tokutaro Takakura (高倉徳太郎, 1885-1934) was a prominent leader of Japanese Protestant Christianity from the 1920s to 1930s. His active years were short, but his influence on younger generation was great. Intellectuals who were inspired by him became academics, entrepreneurs, government officials, theologically well-informed homemakers, and Christian ministers, during and after the Second World War. In this paper, I will examine Takakura’s theology and its relation to Jonathan Edwards.
      PubDate: 2016-11-21
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2016)
  • Analogy: A Neglected Theme in Jonathan Edwards and Its Pertinence to
           Contemporary Theological Debates

    • Authors: Michael McClymond
      Pages: 153 - 175
      Abstract: Readers may be forgiven if they have forgotten the curious diagrams that Edwards used in some of his early philosophical writings. It is easy to miss them.These diagrams showed little dots, and were accompanied by comments on how these dots, when placed in a symmetrical and proportioned arrangement, were more beautiful and harmonious than if they had been set down in random way.1 What was Edwards getting at? And what could he have meant in his mysterious statement that “being, if we examine narrowly, is nothing else but proportion.”2 My argument here is that these little diagrams contain clues regarding something basic to Edward’s theology, namely, a doctrine of analogy that undergirds Edwards’s approach to theology.
      PubDate: 2016-11-21
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2016)
  • Female Piety and Evangelical Ritualization of Death: Abigail
           Hutchinson’s Conversion in “A Faithful Narrative”

    • Authors: Shitsuyo Masui
      Pages: 120 - 134
      Abstract: “A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God,” Jonathan Edwards’s report on the Northampton revival of the 1730s, was among his writings on personal piety that were immensely popular when reprinted in the nineteenth century. The highlights of the Narrative are two representative female piritual narratives about Abigail Hutchinson, a dying young girl, and Phebe Bartlet, a four-year-old child. These were read as exemplary stories by the evangelical Protestant readers of the tracts and pamphlets distributed by the American Sunday School Union and the American Tract Society throughout the nineteenth century
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 2
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