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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards 1st Edition

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"The Theology of Jonathan Edwards is the most comprehensive treatment of Edwards's theology currently available in one volume ... a significant contribution to Edwardsean studies."
--The Master's Seminary Journal


"This massive tome succeeds in fulfilling the authors' intention to provide an introduction to Edwards's theology...It is difficult to imagine another introduction surpassing this one in the breadth of its exploration of Edwards, his interpreters, and his influence. All who wish to explore Edwards's theology must now begin here."--Religious Studies Review


"An invitation to sample the profundity and versatility of America's greatest theologian--the sources from which he drew, the theologians from whom he diverged, and the creative theological solutions he proposed. There is never a 'last word,' of course, but at certain points in time indispensable resources appear. The Theology of Jonathan Edwards is one of them." --Church History


"A truly impressive work. It is remarkable to find a comprehensive and insightful guide to all of Edwards's theology in one place and in a volume that is a pleasure to read."
--George Marsden, author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life


"Comprehensive, learned, and accessible--unquestionably the best starting place for anyone wanting to grapple with the ideas of America's greatest theologian."
--Alister E. McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education, King's College, London


"Scholarship on Jonathan Edwards has in recent years risen to a great flood. Yet despite heightened interest, there have been very few efforts to treat Edwards' formidable theology as a whole. With this book Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott meet that pressing need and meet it very well. The book is clear, comprehensive, balanced, nuanced, and authoritative--in a word, a splendid volume about one of the truly great thinkers in all of American history."
--Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame


"Jonathan Edwards is not just an American theologian but a man who has profoundly influenced thinking about doctrinal questions and revival practice all over the world. This volume offers a series of forty-five short chapters that together provide a comprehensive account of his convictions and legacy down to contemporary appreciation of his thought. Edwards emerges as one of the most creative theologians the universal church has ever produced."
--David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling


"With interest in Jonathan Edwards at an unprecedented high around the world, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards is a truly useful and unmatched digest of his times, thought, and influence. Edwards is one of the most-written about religious figures of the eighteenth-century, and with such a mountain of literature to navigate, this volume provides the single best entry point into Edwards' writings and ideas for the specialist and general reader alike."
--Kenneth P. Minkema, Executive Editor and Director of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, Yale University


"Draws on the recently completed 73-volume edition of the writings of the American theologian (1703-58)."--The Chronicle Review


"Informative and illuminating...this volume is absolutely necessary for any future scholarly work on Edwards...Essential."--CHOICE


"An engaging analysis of Edwards' thought filled with valuable historical observations and careful explanation of Edwards' theology. It would be hard to imagine a better introduction written for both specialist and non-specialist interested in Edwards' spirituality and profound insights on Scripture than McCylmond and McDermott's outstanding contribution."--The Banner of Truth


"This is indeed a definitive and comprehensive compendium of Edwards's theology...The excellent tandem of McClymond and McDermott has produced a standard and indispensable reading...I finish writing writing this review with the sweet and happy music still ringing in my ears."--Evangelical Studies Bulletin


"McDermott and McClymond have done a great service for scholars and laypeople interested in Edwards by writing forty-five chapters in which they have provided syntheses of various aspects to Edwards's life, thought, and legacy." --Exploring the Study of Religious History


About the Author


Michael J. McClymond is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University.

Gerald R. McDermott is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199791600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199791606
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.4 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott Zeller on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Phenomenal work. The authors have accomplished the putting together of an engaging page-turner of a book that is equal parts scholarly and sublime.

After dispensing with some brief context setting of Edwards life, they navigate the reader through chapter after chapter devoted to various themes or subjects in Edwards thought. As they put it, they are attempting to give the reader various stops at scenic vistas that provide different views of the wonder (Edwards thought) itself. They don't labor on about a topic, they introduce it, give you the crux of what Edwards said on it, and move on. Subjects addressed are such like his thought on mission, beauty, revelation, and many many more. And this is truly where the book shines. The reader will walk away knowledgable of a good variety of Edwards thought, surely with some areas in which they feel they've heard enough and others where they now realize they'd like to study much further through other works.

I would not recommend this for first-time Edwards students, those just dabbling their toes in his ocean of thought for the first time. For those, I'd highly recommend Ian Murray's fine biography - Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography - or perhaps Sam Storms' engaging take on "Religious Affections" - Signs of the Spirit: An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards's "Religious Affections". This book is probably simply too long to engage those not already sold on the benefit of learning from Edwards. However, certainly there will be exceptions to that given the winsome way the authors penned the text.
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This is inspiring and joyful; in Edwards's terms, it is a beautiful book that reflects the beauty and connected-ness of life as God sees it, and as we can see it.
Edwards shines through these pages. I hesitated to buy it because of the price: but it is so worth it. I intended to read a chapter at a time, but can't do it: this book sucks you in. The authors have done an unbelievable job. So much information, so well written and organized.
The stress on Beauty as Revelation is thrilling. Really.
Edwards was a genius on so many levels: this book does him justice. No higher praise could be given.
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The authors do a great job is presenting Edwards's theology in a systematic, but easy-to-read manner. The book is in three parts: Introduction, Topics, Legacies and Affinities. The Introduction covers biography and context. I think the Topics section is the best. The authors summarize what Edwards thought about various topics in systematic theology. I enjoyed the aesthetics section the best. Edwards aesthetics drives his theology. I admit the last section on legacy appeals to me the least. To me it is just conjecture how Edwards influenced other theologians and movements. However, others may find it interesting.

In summary, the book is comprehensive and very approachable. By its very nature, it tends to repeat itself because it is basically a collection of essays about Edwards theology and thought. However, the authors are always interesting and the book makes a good guide to Edwards's writings. However, I encourage the reader to read Edwards yourself first. Try "Religious Affections" or "Charity and its Fruits." It is far better to drink from the source and gather your own opinions first.
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The material in this book is organized in a clear and helpful way. The writings of Jonathan Edwards and their relation to the Bible are laid out in a way that is accessable to me, an ordinary lay person who wants to learn more. I find this book inspiring and encouraging to my faith in Jesus Christ.
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Living in an overseas area with limited resources, I have found myself drawn deeply into Edwards, largely because of a lack of other things about which to read and think. The revival of public interest in Edwards (echoed in Reformed guys like Piper, Wilson, Keller, etc.) has made this easy to accomplish at a distance. Systematic treatments of topics in Edwards are few, from what I have seen, so this was an interesting and welcome volume to use. Instead of combing through Miscellanies and treatises and coming up with what I THINK Edwards would have said about a particular topic, it is conveniently structured and organized for me! It is also well-written and lets Edwards speak for himself, instead of repeating stereotypes (good or bad). I have not used the volume extensively, but I already appreciate it for what it is.

One complaint - I wish the Kindle version was cheaper. I want to have this when I return overseas but I cannot carry it and I cannot justify paying that much just for a digital edition of a book. Lower price, please! :)
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This tome has everything you need to know to begin your studies on Edwards. Biographical Material: his ministry, his spirituality, and his context. Theological Topics: Strategies and Methods, The Triune God Angels and Heaven, Anthropology and Grace, Salvation History, Church, Ethics, Society, and much much more. Finally interpretations of Edwards ranging from the New Divinity school to Modern Day interpretations like the one of Lee, Crisp, and Global interpretations. This book is extremely important as a reference book, no one has complied all of this information in one place, and as a book that will launch new topics of discussion. If there were one thing I could say about this book to convince you to read (or at least buy) this $60 book its this: "Jonathan Edwards never wrote a systematic theology, but McClymond and McDermott have written one for him."

(Note: This was my top book of 2012)
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