Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is widely recognized as one of the greatest philosopher-theologians America has ever produced, and recent years have seen a remarkable increase in research on his writings. To date, however, there has been no single authoritative volume that introduces and interprets the key aspects of Edwards' thought as a whole. The Princeton Companion to Jonathan Edwards provides just such a concise and comprehensive work, one that will be invaluable to students and scholars of American religion and theology as well as of literature, philosophy, and history.
Comprising twenty essays by leading scholars on Edwards, the book will inform and challenge readers on subjects ranging from Edwards' understanding of the Trinity, God and the world, Christ, and salvation, as well as of history, typology, the church, and mission to Native Americans. It also includes a chronology of Edwards' life and writings that incorporates current research. Those familiar with Edwards' writings will find in these essays succinct expositions as well as bold new interpretations, and others will find an accessible, authoritative, up-to-date orientation to his multifaceted thought.
The essays are by Robert E. Brown, Allen C. Guezlo, Robert W. Jenson, Wilson H. Kimnach, Janice Knight, Sang Hyun Lee, Gerald R. McDermott, Kenneth P. Minkema, Mark Noll, Richard R. Niebuhr, Amy Plantinga Pauw, John E. Smith, Stephen J. Stein, Harry S. Stout, Douglas A. Sweeney, Peter J. Thuesen, and John F. Wilson.
"Comprised of essays by contributors to the current 'renaissance' of interest in Jonathan Edwards, this volume is essential for anyone studying his thought, whether for historical or constructive purposes."--William J. Danaher, Jr., Theological Studies
"Concise and comprehensive. . . . This work is invaluable to a wide array of scholarship, ranging from theology to philosophy and from literature to history. . . . Overall, this volume is a 'must have' for Edwards enthusiasts, beginning scholars in Edwards, or Edwards specialists alike."--S.V. Goncharenko, Southwestern Journal of Theology
"This very fine volume is a true companion to Edwards's theology, one that students of Edwards can use to find clear and authoritative expositions on most of the major topics on which he wrote. Given that Edwards himself did not publish any systematic works, this book is a particularly valuable tool, providing a well-organized account of his doctrinal contributions, in which interest is greatest. Not only are the essays well-written but the editor has done a fine job of gathering a well matched set."--George Marsden, University of Notre Dame, author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life
"This book brings together an impressive group of scholars to provide a reliable and readable theological reference for a new generation of students of Jonathan Edwards. The Princeton Companion introduces key concepts in Edwards's theology, summarizes the history of the surrounding scholarship, and points the way toward major resources for further study."--W. Clark Gilpin, University of Chicago Divinity School, author of A Preface to Theology
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