Edwards in Our Time, edited by Sang Hyun Lee and Allen C. Guelzo

Toward the end of the 19th century, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote an obituary for Jonathan Edwards's theology: "The truth is that [his] whole system of beliefs . . . is gently fading out of enlightened human intelligence, and we are hardly in a condition to realize what a tyranny it once exerted over many of the strongest minds." Holmes's pronouncement was premature. In our time it is confidence in "enlightened human intelligence" that is fading. This change has contributed to a vibrant new interest in the theology of Edwards, the 18th-century preacher, revivalist and metaphysician. Edwards's ways of addressing recurrent questions about God and human existence have gained new plausibility in the post-Enlightenment era. For the nine contributors to this stimulating volume, he continues to be "a wellspring for contemporary philosophical and theological reflection."

 

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