Sweeney’s Booknotes: Edwardsian Scholarship After Jonathan Edwards

Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas A. Sweeney, eds., After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Sorry for the shameless plug of my own new book. But in an effort to keep you informed of all new books on Jonathan Edwards, I need to note this one as well.

After Jonathan Edwards was conceived by Oliver Crisp. It offers state-of-the-art chapters by a bevy of first-rate scholars on the wide array of ways in which Edwardsian theology was appropriated after the death of Edwards. The usual topics and suspects are here, but so are some new and surprising themes, such as French and German views of Edwards (discussed by Mike McClymond) and Edwards’ legacies in Asia (by Anri Morimoto).

This is the volume about which we held a symposium back in January, featuring Anri Morimoto, David Kling, and Ken Minkema, with comments from Ava Chamberlain, Oliver and me. Click here for the recording:  http://jecteds.org/resources/media/

The contents of the volume:

Introduction (Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas A. Sweeney)

New Light in the New World

  1. Jonathan Edwards, The New Divinity, and Cosmopolitan Calvinism (Mark Valeri)
  2. Jonathan Edwards on Education and his Educational Legacy (Kenneth P. Minkema)
  3. After Edwards: Original Sin and Freedom of the Will (Allen Guelzo)
  4. We Can If We Will: Regeneration and Benevolence (James P. Byrd)
  5. The Moral Government of God: Jonathan Edwards and Joseph Bellamy on the Atonement (Oliver D. Crisp)
  6. A Different Kind of Calvinism?: Edwardsianism Compared with Older Forms of Reformed Thought (Paul Helm)

Carrying the Torch

  1. Samuel Hopkins and Hopkinsianism (Peter Jauhiainen)
  2. Nathanael Emmons and the Decline of Edwardsian Theology (Gerald R. McDermott)
  3. Edwards in the Second Great Awakening: The New Divinity Contributions of Edward Dorr Griffin and Asahel Nettleton (David W. Kling)
  4. Taylorites and Tylerites (Douglas A. Sweeney)
  5. Edwards Amasa Park: The Last Edwardsian (Charles Phillips)

 Edwardsian Light Refracted

  1. The New England Theology in New England Congregationalism (Charles Hambrick-Stowe)
  2. Jonathan Edwards, Edwardsian Theologies, and the Presbyterians (Mark Noll)
  3. Great Admirers of the Transatlantic Divinity: Some Chapters in the Story of Baptist Edwardsianism (Michael A. G. Haykin)
  4. “A German Professor Dropping into the American Forests”: British, French, and German Views of Jonathan Edwards, 1758-1957 (Michael J. McClymond)
  5. An Edwardsian Lost and Found: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards in Asia (Anri Morimoto)
  6. Before the Young, Restless, and Reformed: Edwards’s Appeal to Post World War II Evangelicals (D. G. Hart )

Postscript (Douglas A. Sweeney and Oliver D. Crisp)

The striking cover image of Edwards (meant to evoke the thought of Edwards’ spirit haunting the studies of far-flung theologians since his death) was sketched by Oliver Crisp himself, my much more talented co-conspirator.

We dedicated the volume “to Wilson Kimnach and Ken Minkema, facilitators of scholarship on Edwards and his legacies than which none greater have been conceived.” Fellow Edwards scholars know just what we mean.

–By Douglas Sweeney, Director of the JEC at TEDS

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