The Oxford Handbook of Jonathan Edwards

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-03-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Oxford Handbook of Jonathan Edwards offers a state-of-the-art summary of scholarship on Edwards by a diverse, international, and interdisciplinary group of Edwards scholars, many of whom serve as global leaders in the burgeoning world of research and writing on 'America's theologian'. As an early modern clerical polymath, Edwards is of interest to historians, theologians, and literary scholars. He is also an interlocutor for contemporary clergy and philosophical theologians. All such readers--and many more--will find here an authoritative overview of Edwards' life, ministry, and writings, as well as a representative sampling of cutting-edge scholarship on Edwards from across several disciplines.

The volume falls into four sections, which reflect the diversity of Edwards studies today. The first section turns to the historical Edwards and grounds him in his period and the relevant contexts that shaped his life and work. The second section balances the historical reconstruction of Edwards as a theological and philosophical thinker with explorations of his usefulness for constructive theology and the church today. In part three, the focus shifts to the different ways and contexts in which Edwards attempted to realize his ideas and ideals in his personal life, scholarship, and ministry, but also to the ways in which these historical realities stood in tension with, limited, or resisted his aspirations. The final section looks at Edwards' widening renown and influence as well as diverse appropriations. This Handbook serves as an authoritative guide for readers overwhelmed by the enormity of the multi-lingual world of Edwards studies. It will bring readers up to speed on the most important work being done and then serve them as a benchmark in the field of Edwards scholarship for decades to come.

Author Biography

Douglas A. Sweeney, Dean and Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University,Jan Stievermann, Professor of the History of Christianity in the US; Faculty of Theology and Center for American Studies, Heidelberg University

Douglas A. Sweeney is Dean and Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.

Jan Stievermann is Professor of the History of Christianity in the US at Heidelberg University.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction, Douglas A. Sweeney and Jan Stievermann
Part I: Edwards' Backgrounds, Sources, and Contexts
1. Family Life, Ava Chamberlain
2. Parish Ministry, Harry S. Stout
3. Historical and Ecclesiastical Contexts, George Marsden
4. Edwards in the Context of International Revivals and Missions, David W. Kling
5. Sources of Edwards' Thought, Peter J. Thuesen
Part II: Edwards' Intellectual Labours
6. Ontology, William J. Wainwright
7. Epistemology, Paul Helm
8. The Nature of God and the Trinity, Kyle C. Strobel
9. The Person of Christ, S. Mark Hamilton
10. Pneumatology, Robert W. Caldwell III
11. Revelation, Stephen R. C. Nichols
12. Federalism and Reformed Scholasticism, Wim van Vlastuin
13. Creation and Predestination, Phillip Hussey and Michael McClymond
14. History, Providence, and Eschatology, Jan Stievermann
15. Sin and Evil, David P. Barshinger
16. Anthropology, Affections, and Free Will, Seng-Kong Tan
17. Ecclesiology and Sacraments, Rhys Bezzant
18. Ethics, Elizabeth Agnew Cochran
19. Aesthetics, William Dyrness and Christi Wells
20. Imagination and Hermeneutics, Kathryn Reklis
21. The Natural Sciences and Philosophy of Nature, Avihu Zakai
22. Divine Idealism and Etiology, Sebastian Rehnman
Part III: Edwards' Religious and Social Practices
23. Spirituality and Devotion, Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe
24. Biblical Exegesis, Robert E. Brown
25. Writing and Preaching Sermons, Kenneth P. Minkema
26. Education, Esmari Potgieter
27. Missions, John A. Grigg
28. Ministry to the Enslaved, John Saillant
29. Politics and Economics, Mark Valeri
Part IV: Edwards' Global Reception
30. North America, James P. Byrd
31. Britain and Europe, Jonathan Yeager
32. Edwards' Place and Importance in Anglo-American Literature, Sandra M.Gustafson
33. Asia, Dongsoo Han
34. Australia, Stuart Piggin
35. Africa, Adriaan C. Neele
36. Latin America, Heber Carlos de Campos, Jr.
37. Edwards Studies Today, Douglas A. Sweeney

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