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Media Available: Inaugural Lecture by Richard Muller

The Jonathan Edwards Center is pleased to announce that Richard Muller’s recent New Directions in Edwards Studies lecture and Q&A session are now posted free of charge.

September 29, 2010 | Richard Muller | Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI “Jonathan Edwards and the Absence of Free Choice: A Parting of Ways in the Reformed Tradition” (1pm in ATO chapel at TEDS)

Jonathan Edwards is often regarded as an epitome of Calvinism for his teaching on the freedom of will, though he was, in his own time and for a century after his death, a much-debated thinker whose views polarized Reformed circles. This lecture will concentrate on Edwards’ reception in Britain, which has received little attention despite its significance in the Reformed tradition. Concentrating on two historical contexts, Dr. Muller will consider the mixed reception of Edwards’ thought, note differences between Edwards and the older Reformed orthodoxy, and point to a parting of the ways in the Reformed tradition that took place largely in the eighteenth century.

Lecture (with Q&A): Richard_Muller_Lecture.mp3 (audio)

Jonathan Edwards and the Church: Opening Lecture by George Marsden

The Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS is pleased to announce its first lecture in the “Jonathan Edwards and the Church” series. George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus at University of Notre Dame, will be giving a lecture on Edwards and beauty.

The lecture will be on November 3, 2010 at 1pm at the ATO chapel on the campus of TEDS; it is free and all are welcome.

Pastor Colin Smith of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church (Arlington Heights, IL) will be responding to Dr. Marsden’s lecture.

This lecture series is co-sponsored with the Henry Center for Theological Understanding.

Jonathan Edwards for the Twenty-first Century

Abstract: What are the most helpful insights that we can gain from Jonathan Edwards’s theology today? This lecture uses the contrast between Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards in the eighteenth century to reflect on some of the most characteristic traits of later American culture to which Edwards’s “theology of active beauty” provides particularly helpful alternatives.

Muller on Edwards and Freedom of Will

Richard Muller, P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, gave a fascinating inaugural lecture in the “New Directions in Edwards Studies” series. The lecture was titled “Jonathan Edwards and the Absence of Free Choice: A Parting of Ways in the Reformed Tradition.” The overall focus was on the British reception of Edwards’ theology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One of the lecture’s more provocative conclusions is that Edwards’ theology of the will departed significantly from the early Reformed tradition.

Scholars may be interested in a new book that overlaps with Dr. Muller’s lecture: Willem J. van Asselt, J. Martin Bac, and Roelf T. te Velde, Reformed Thought on Freedom: The Concept of Free Choice in Early Modern Reformed Theology (Baker Academic, 2010).

Others will want to wrestle further with the full implications of Muller’s stimulating argument. A free audio recording of this lecture will be available soon.