Americas Theologian: A Recommendation of Jonathan Edwards

Paperback | October 1, 1988

byRobert W. Jenson

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A great deal has recently been written about Jonathan Edwards. Most of it, however, does not make central Edwards's own intention to speak truth about God and the human situation; his systematic theological intention is regarded merely as an historical phenomenon. In this book, Robert Jensonprovides a different sort of interpretation, asking not only, "Why was Edwards great?" but also, "Was Edwards right?" As a student of the ideas of Newton and Locke, Jenson argues, Edwards was very much a figure of the Enlightenment; but unlike most other Americans, he was also a discerning criticof it, and was able to use Enlightenment thought in his theology without yielding to its mechanistic and individualistic tendencies. Alone among Christian thinkers of the Enlightenment, Edwards conceived an authentically Christian piety and a creative theology not in spite of Newton and Locke butby virtue of them. Jenson sees Edwards's understanding as a radical corrective to what commitment to the Enlightenment brought about in American life, religious and otherwise. Perhaps, Jenson proposes, recovery of Edwards's vision might make the mutual determination of American culture andAmerican Christianity more fruitful than it has yet been.

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A great deal has recently been written about Jonathan Edwards. Most of it, however, does not make central Edwards's own intention to speak truth about God and the human situation; his systematic theological intention is regarded merely as an historical phenomenon. In this book, Robert Jensonprovides a different sort of interpretation...

Robert W. Jenson is at Saint Olaf College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:October 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195077865

ISBN - 13:9780195077865

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"Jenson's volume...is the finest treatment now available of Edwards as a doctrinal theologian."--Interpretation