Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths

Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths

by Gerald R. McDermott
     
 

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This is a study of how American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) battled deist arguments about revelation and God's fairness to non-Christians. Author Gerald McDermott argues that Edwards was preparing before his death a sophisticated theological response to Enlightenment religion that was unparalleled in the eighteenth century and surprisingly generous toward

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This is a study of how American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) battled deist arguments about revelation and God's fairness to non-Christians. Author Gerald McDermott argues that Edwards was preparing before his death a sophisticated theological response to Enlightenment religion that was unparalleled in the eighteenth century and surprisingly generous toward non-Christian traditions.

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"This well-documented and clearly written book is proof that Jonathan Edwards's image continues to be transformed by the study of the unpublished texts in the Beinecke Library in Yale University. Even readers who are acquainted with Edwards's better-known writings will find McDermott's book a journey into terra incognita, or toward "a strange, new Edwards" (pp. 3-13) He conclusively demonstrates that Edwards devoted his final years to developing what today would be called a theology of world religions." —Journal of Religion

"This surprising and stimulating study comprises three parts and a conclusion." Anglican Theological Review.

"It is testimony to both Gerald R. McDermott's talent as a scholar and to Jonathan Edward's own genius that this new volume succeeds in exploring a virtually unknown and fascinating aspect of the thought of perhaps the most carefully scrutinized theologian in U.S. religious history."—Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195132748
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Religion in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Gerald R. McDermott is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.

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