By Robert W. Jenson
Very much has lately been written approximately Jonathan Edwards. such a lot of it, even if, doesn't make primary Edwards's personal goal to talk fact approximately God and the human scenario; his systematic theological goal is looked simply as an old phenomenon. during this booklet, Robert Jenson presents a special type of interpretation, asking not just, "Why was once Edwards great?" but in addition, "Was Edwards right?" As a scholar of the guidelines of Newton and Locke, Jenson argues, Edwards was once greatly a determine of the Enlightenment; yet not like so much different american citizens, he used to be additionally a discerning critic of it, and used to be in a position to use Enlightenment idea in his theology with out yielding to its mechanistic and individualistic trends. by myself between Christian thinkers of the Enlightenment, Edwards conceived an authentically Christian piety and an artistic theology now not regardless of Newton and Locke yet by way of advantage of them. Jenson sees Edwards's figuring out as an intensive corrective to what dedication to the Enlightenment caused in American existence, non secular and in a different way. maybe, Jenson proposes, restoration of Edwards's imaginative and prescient may perhaps make the mutual decision of yank tradition and American Christianity extra fruitful than it has but been.
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