An Absolute Sort of Certainty: The Holy Spirit and the Apologetics of Jonathan Edwards

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2003 Paperback New 0875527914---202 pp. --Nichols has done us the great service of understanding Edwards, first, from his own writings, and second, as an heir to Calvin. He ... shows us the true face of Edwards, whose greatest conc ern was for God's Glory, even in the right use of reason and conf idence in revelation(William Edgar). --A solid and worthy contri bution to Jonathan Edwards(Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe) Read more Show Less

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875527918
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. Edwards as an Apologist 5
Toward an Understanding of Edwards 5
Apologetics and Understanding Edwards 17
2. Revelation: Edwards on Knowing 21
Sounding a Theological Note: Edwards, Augustine. and Calvin 24
Sounding a Philosophical Note: Edwards and Locke 36
The Harmony of Edwards's Thought 39
Conclusion 44
3. Perception: Edwards on Seeing and Sensing 47
The New Sense in Context 48
The New Sense in Edwards's Writings 58
The New Sense and Regeneration and Illumination 62
The New Sense and Apologetics 66
Conclusion 74
4. Assurance: Edwards on Testimony 77
Calvin's Doctrine of the Internum Testimonium Spiritus Sancti 79
Enthusiasm, Rationalism, and Revivalism 85
Assurance and the Lord's Supper 90
"An Absolute Sort of Certainty": Assurance and the Justification of Belief 95
Affections Can Be Misleading: The Problem of Self-Deception 116
Conclusion 121
5. Verification: Edwards on Testimony (2) 123
Testimony and Knowledge 125
'Tis Scriptural and 'Tis Rational: The Methodology of Edwards's Apologetic 131
Assurance and Apologetics 141
Conclusion 151
6. Persuasion: Edwards and the Apologetic Sermon 155
The Art of Prophesying--and Persuading: Apologetics and the Sermon 156
"Seeing the Glory of Christ" 161
"The Work of the Spirit of Christ" 168
Conclusion 173
Conclusion 175
Bibliography 179
Index of Subjects and Names 195
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