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The Writings of Jonathan Edwards : Theme, Motif, and Style - William J. Scheick

The Writings of Jonathan Edwards

Theme, Motif, and Style

Paperback Published: 1st December 1975
ISBN: 9781585440924
Number Of Pages: 180

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Puritan culture in many respects militated against artistic expression. Yet, like nature, art persisted, managing to gain a foothold in whatever crevices Puritan culture provided. Jonathan Edwards's artistry, evident in his deliberate experiments in the management of language, grew out of his duty as a minister to communicate his sermons effectively.

Emphasizing recurrent theological and artistic implications, The Writings of Jonathan Edwards focuses on the progressive interiorization of Edwards's primary concerns. Underlying this development was Edwards's desire to resolve the question of whether he was one of God’s elect, and his search for genuine selfhood or identity resulted in autobiographical dimensions in many of his public writings. In his quest for true identity, Edwards aligned himself with Puritan orthodoxy, and his regard for tradition is a consistent theme in his work from his earliest notes to his last treatises. Within Puritan tradition Edwards perceived a collective self, a divinely ordained continuity and integrity immune to the vicissitudes of time.

Scheick’s study will appeal to scholars and students of American literature, history, and culture as well as to those with a special interest in the relation between art and theology. As an explication of Edwards's writings and of the development of his thought, the study will make Edwards more easily accessible to students of American literature.

Prefacep. ix
Nature and the Mind: Early Writingsp. 3
Reason and Intuition: Early Sermonsp. 17
Parents and Children: Works of the Postrevival Periodp. 40
Affections and the Self: Writings during the Great Awakeningp. 67
Virtue and Identity: Last Worksp. 112
Pastor and Prophet: Conclusionp. 140
Works Citedp. 151
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9781585440924
ISBN-10: 1585440922
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st December 1975
Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.09 x 15.37  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.24