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America's Theologian: A Recommendation of Jonathan Edwards

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This provocative study of the life and work of Jonathan Edwards argues that although Edwards was very much a figure of the Enlightenment, he was also a discerning critic of it, able to use Enlightenment thought in his theology without yielding to its mechanistic and individualistic tendencies. In fact, Edwards's radical position stood as a corrective to the overall impact of the Enlightenment on America.
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Overview

This provocative study of the life and work of Jonathan Edwards argues that although Edwards was very much a figure of the Enlightenment, he was also a discerning critic of it, able to use Enlightenment thought in his theology without yielding to its mechanistic and individualistic tendencies. In fact, Edwards's radical position stood as a corrective to the overall impact of the Enlightenment on America.
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"A book of value not only to historians and theologians, but also to any reader interested in the relevance of religious thought to the analysis of culture....Intelligent and impassioned....Should be widely read and vigorously discussed. Edwards would have loved it."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Jenson has deeply mined the available Edwards material, bringing a clarity of exposition to that author's views on personal freedom, sin, the relation of personhood to community, the purpose of history, and the notion of God....This engaging book should be read and enjoyed by commentators on contemporary American culture as well as Edwards enthusiasts."--William and Mary Quarterly

"Jenson uncovers a remarkable convergence between Edwards' theological approach and context and his own....Jenson's insights into Edwards' thought in itself and its possibilities as an alternative vision for the American church and society make the book well worth pondering by all dissatisfied heirs of the Enlightenment, whether Edwardsian or not."--First Things

"In this luminous work of scholarship Robert Jenson helps us recognize Jonathan Edwards not only as our contemporary but as an intellectual force drawing us into a deeper conversation."--Robert John Neuhaus, Rockford Institute Center on Religion and Society

"Jenson's work is always theologically incisive. This study of Jonathan Edwards is not an exception. It is a penetrating analysis of the radical monotheism espoused by the premier theologian in America's history, and it calls into question many of the platitudes in our public talk about the nation, the self, and God."--Robert Scharlemann, University of Virginia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195049411
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 America and Enlightenment 3
I The Founding Intuition
2 Beauty and Reason 15
3 God Against the Machine 23
4 The Melody of History 35
II The Critique of Religion
5 Justification by Faith 53
6 The Phenomenology of Religious Consciousness 65
7 Love of Self and Love of God 79
III God and Creation
8 The Triune God 91
9 The Offense of God's Actuality 99
10 Christ 111
11 Nature and Supernature 123
IV Community
12 Community and Personhood 141
13 Community and Freedom 154
14 True Virtue 169
15 The End 177
16 Recovery of the Word 187
Notes 197
Index 219
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