Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment: Knowing the Presence of God

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Southwestern Journal Of Theology
This book is a fine work that needs to be read by Edwards scholars and theologians who are interested in the potential that a redeemed form of modern thinking presents us today. Key to the book's strength is the way that Moody canvasses the literature on numerous topics in Edwards scholarship...all within a short span of pages....I highly recommend this work.
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A stimulating portrait of Jonathan Edwards that presents him standing squarely within the context of the Enlightenment and carefully traces his critical and creative response to it. …a challenging, important contribution to the ever-expanding corpus of studies on Edwards. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED.
The Journal of Religion
Moody writes lucidly, making this volume an enjoyable read...another strength is the author's ability to use both the published works of Edwards and the many unpublished manuscripts available at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Yale University. Moody...leaves the reader with an appreciation of the abiding importance of Edwards for the contemporary church.
— Michael McClenahan, Yale University
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A stimulating portrait of Jonathan Edwards that presents him standing squarely within the context of the Enlightenment and carefully traces his critical and creative response to it. …a challenging, important contribution to the ever-expanding corpus of studies on Edwards. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED.
Douglas A. Sweeney
In this learned and lively contribution to Edwards scholarship, Josh Moody seeks to account for the 'spark' in Edwards' career and to flesh out the 'organizing principle' of Edwards' ministry… This book goes a long way toward explaining why so many thinkers in our time continue to find the Edwards corpus so appealing.
Brian Hebblethwaite
This in-depth study succeeds in showing how the theology of Jonathan Edwards was much more a response to the Enlightenment than a product of the Enlightenment. The importance of Edwards' refusal to drive a wedge between the Christian Gospel, spiritual experience, and rational reflection is well brought out by Moody and interestingly related to our own contemporary situation in which the so-called Enlightenment project is widely held to have broken down.
Harry S. Stout
Fascinating and provocative… This work adds significantly to our understanding of Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment. By situating his subject in current discourse on post-modernism, the author presents an Edwards as relevant to the 21st century as he was to his own times. The writing, moreover, is lucid and accessible. A must read for anyone interested in a usable Edwards for our time.
Nicholas Wolterstorff
In spite of the universally acknowledged brilliance of his philosophical writings, Jonathan Edwards has never been incorporated into the canon of modern philosophy. One of the reasons for this is the difficulty of situating Edwards' work within larger philosophical currents. In this study, Moody does an excellent job of beginning to redress the neglect, by both locating Edwards' thought and identifying his particular contribution to the philosophical tradition.
David M. Thompson
Josh Moody offers a stimulating new understanding of Jonathan Edwards's relationship to the Enlightenment. He shows how Edwards engaged the Enlightenment's emphasis on reason, and creatively reinterpreted it in the light of revelation. Edwards still has much to offer the contemporary world where reason is once again under attack.
The Journal Of Religion - Michael McClenahan
Moody writes lucidly, making this volume an enjoyable read...another strength is the author's ability to use both the published works of Edwards and the many unpublished manuscripts available at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Yale University. Moody...leaves the reader with an appreciation of the abiding importance of Edwards for the contemporary church.
Robert W. Caldwell
Jonathan Edwards continues to attract the attention of excellent scholars who wish to sharpen their skills by scaling the heights of his Everest-like mind. Josh Moody, a Cambridge trained pastor-theologian who is the senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut, has written a fine work tackling a question that has intrigued scholars for some time: What is the relationship between Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment?...This book is a fine work that needs to be read by Edwardds scholars and theologians who are interested in the potential that a redeemed for of modern thinking presents us today....I highly recommend this work.
E David Cook
An insightful, scholarly reflection, which blends reason, God-dependence, Reformed epistemology, and a 'warmed heart.'
The Journal Of Religion
Moody writes lucidly, making this volume an enjoyable read...another strength is the author's ability to use both the published works of Edwards and the many unpublished manuscripts available at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Yale University. Moody...leaves the reader with an appreciation of the abiding importance of Edwards for the contemporary church.
— Michael McClenahan, Yale University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761830559
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Josh Moody is Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut and received his Ph.D. in historical theology from Cambridge University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Summary Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Edwards and the Enlightenment Chapter 4 One: True Salvation; The Gospel Made Real; The Real Gospel Chapter 5 Two: True Experience; The Sense of True Experience; The Signs of True Experience Chapter 6 Three: True Reality; The Substance; The Inherence of Perception; Beauty Chapter 7 Four: True Light; Reason and Revelation; The Light of Nature; The Light of Revelation Chapter 8 Conclusion: Edwards Past; Edwards Present; Final Word Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index

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