The early eighteenth century was an age of investigation into the nature of reality. Rene Descartes’ Cartesian philosophy, for example, had neatly divided the world into spirit and matter. However, this modern synthesis was often unraveled by other Enlightenment thinkers. Men such as British political scientist Thomas Hobbes contended that the world was simply material. … More Jonathan Edwards and Isaac Newton
In the aftermath of the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards saw the work of the Spirit of God in colonial America. Unlike men such as Boston pastor Charles Chauncy, the Northampton theologian was unwilling to dismiss the entire movement as ungodly simply due to its spiritual aberrations. Edwards was well aware of the many factions and … More Jonathan Edwards the Revivalist
With the current evangelical debate over the nature and structure of the Trinity, it appears the systematic theologians were the first to dive into the unfamiliar waters of Eternal Functional Subordinationism (e.g. Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware). “EFS” is the view that, though co-equal in power, deity, glory and attributes, the relationship between the Father and … More Jonathan Edwards and Eternal Functional Subordinationism
It’s truly unfortunate that, for most Christians and non-Christians alike, “America’s Theologian” Jonathan Edwards has now become synonymous with only one sermon: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (1741). In reality, Edwards’ now infamous sermon was delivered to the church at Enfield in order to “let everyone that is out of Christ, now … More Edwards and the Math of Heaven
Attention Edwards scholars and doctoral students in historical studies… The following is a Call For Papers to be considered in the forthcoming book on Jonathan Edwards entitled: Jonathan Edwards and the Dark Side of the Enlightenment, edited by Daniel N. Gullotta and John T. Lowe. The book is to be published in “New Directions in Jonathan Edwards … More A Call For Papers
When Jonathan Edwards spoke of true spiritual understanding, the idea of beauty was never lacking. In fact, Edwards believed that spiritual understanding “consists primarily in a sense of the heart…of the supreme beauty and sweetness of the holiness or moral perfection of divine things.” (Religious Affections) Edwards possessed this “sense of the heart” to such … More How Did Jonathan Edwards Define God’s Glory?
In a collection of essays honoring the life and work of acclaimed Edwards scholar Sang Hyun Lee, Lee’s former student at Princeton Seng-Kong Tan asserts, “Edwards’ trinitarianism is Nicene and Western.” (“Trinitarian Action in The Incarnation”) Regarding the former there can be little doubt that Edwards was orthodox in his Trinitarian thinking. However, of the … More Edwards and the Trinity: A Debate
One of the primary challenges for pastors today is consistently cultivating a spirit of evangelism within the church, thereby fulfilling the Great Commission. (Matt. 28:19) A church that persists in this mindset usually evangelizes from more than a sense of duty. Ultimately, it’s a love for the lost that drives Christians to spread the good … More Benevolence and Complacence: Is Our Love For the Lost Different Than Our Love For the Church?
Within the Christian tradition, the practice of typology has generally been recognized as a hermeneutical category. The study of types and symbols in the Bible largely dictates the framework with which someone interprets the entire metanarrative of Scripture. Jonathan Edwards’ A History of the Work of Redemption (1739), for example, is an intricate work of … More Jonathan Edwards’ Typology of Nature
It was Jonathan Edwards’ belief that no reasonable creature could be happy without fellowship and society with others. In fact, this principle extended beyond his doctrine of the church; it also informed his theological ethics. Solitary Christianity was altogether immoral. According to Edwards, goodness is the inclination to “delight in making another happy in the … More Jonathan Edwards on Fellowship