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Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods : Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths - Gerald R. McDermott

Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods

Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780195132748
Number Of Pages: 264

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It has long been thought that Edwards's polemical arguments were aimed against Arminianism - a doctrine that denied the Calvinist idea of predestination. In this book, Gerald McDermott shows that Edwards's real target was a larger and more influential one, namely deism - the belief in a creator God who does not intervene in His Creation. To Edwards's mind, deism was the logical conclusion of most, if not all, schemes of divinity that appropriated Enlightenment tenets. McDermott argues that Edwards was an inclusivist who came to realize that salvation was open to peoples beyond the hearing of the Christian gospel.

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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and clearly written book is proof that Jonathan Edwards's image continues to be transformed by the study of the unpublished texts in the Beinecke Library in Yale University.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 "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and clearly written book is proof that Jonathan Edwards's image continues to be transformed by the study of the unpublished texts in the Beinecke Library in Yale University.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 "One of the finest, most sensitive , and well-written works on Edwards available in recent years. Indeed, one gets the impression that [McDermott] has gotten Edwards 'right.' . Quite simply, [McDermott] proves that even in areas where we might expect little, Edwards rewards the reader richly."- Theological Studies McDermott adds to his excellent contribution to Jonathan Edwards scholarship with a thorough investigation of Edwards's confrontation of deism.--Choice "[M]cDermott's book is one of the finest, most sensitive, and best-written works on Edwards available in recent years. Indeed, one gets the impression that McDermott has got Edwards 'right.'"--ewanee 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 "One of the most interesting and important works on Edwards in the last decade." William and Mary Quarterly "This surprising and stimulating study comprises three parts and a conclusion." Anglican Theological Review.

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction A Strange, New Edwardsp. 3
Deists and the Scandal of Particularityp. 17
Edwards S War Against Enlightenment Religionp. 34
Strategies of Responsep. 53
Our Noblest Facultyp. 55
Signatures of Divine Majestyp. 71
Trickle-Down Revelation and Religious Entropyp. 87
Parables in All Nations Typology and the Religionsp. 110
A Possibility of Reconciliationp. 130
Strategies Appliedp. 147
Judaismp. 149
Islamp. 166
Greece and Romep. 176
American Indiansp. 194
The Chinese Philosophersp. 207
Conclusion: Confounding the Enfightemnentp. 217
Selected Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780195132748
ISBN-10: 0195132742
Series: Religion in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.26  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.6

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