By Robert W. Jenson
Very much has lately been written approximately Jonathan Edwards. such a lot of it, despite the fact that, doesn't make crucial Edwards's personal purpose to talk fact approximately God and the human state of affairs; his systematic theological purpose is appeared in simple terms as an old phenomenon. during this ebook, Robert Jenson presents a special kind of interpretation, asking not just, "Why used to be Edwards great?" but in addition, "Was Edwards right?" As a scholar of the tips of Newton and Locke, Jenson argues, Edwards was once greatly a determine of the Enlightenment; yet in contrast to such a lot different americans, he used to be additionally a discerning critic of it, and used to be capable of use Enlightenment concept in his theology with no yielding to its mechanistic and individualistic traits. by myself between Christian thinkers of the Enlightenment, Edwards conceived an authentically Christian piety and an artistic theology no longer despite Newton and Locke yet through advantage of them. Jenson sees Edwards's realizing as an intensive corrective to what dedication to the Enlightenment led to in American existence, spiritual and in a different way. maybe, Jenson proposes, restoration of Edwards's imaginative and prescient may perhaps make the mutual selection of yank tradition and American Christianity extra fruitful than it has but been.
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