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Marsden, Crisp, and Strobel Chat about Retrieving Edwards

You may have seen our recent review of Crisp’s and Strobel’s new introduction to Jonathan Edwards’ thought here.

The book’s publisher, Eerdmans, has produced a video with scholars George Marsden, Oliver Crisp, and Kyle Strobel discussing how Christians can retrieve Edwards’ thought.

We at the Edwards Center commend this video to you. Doug Sweeney says about the video: “A profound, informative, and delightful conversation about Edwards between three of our leading Edwards scholars. We recommend it highly to one and all.”

We’re glad to welcome Oliver Crisp to the Jonathan Edwards Center on March 15, at 11AM in Hinkson Hall. If you’re interested in learning more about his visit, you may find out more here.

Watch the video.

Sweeney’s Booknotes—Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to His Thought

Oliver D. Crisp and Kyle C. Strobel, Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to His Thought (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).

Jonathan Edwards_Crisp&StrobelThis fine introduction to a selection of timely topics in Edwards’ philosophical theology represents the work of Crisp and Strobel well. Each of these systematic thinkers has engaged Edwards extensively in several well-known writings—Oliver Crisp most famously in Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation, which we reviewed here; Kyle Strobel most famously in Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation, which we reviewed here.

Their new, co-written book recapitulates the leading themes treated in their earlier works, engages them in relation to contemporary concerns, and offers guidance for theologians of retrieval who want to “become Edwardsean,” as they say in the book’s final chapter, improving upon Edwards in Edwards’ own critical spirit, carrying classical Calvinism into the future.

Here is the book’s table of contents:

Introduction

  1. Intellectual Context
  2. God of Beauty and Glory
  3. God and Idealism
  4. God and Creation
  5. The Atonement
  6. Salvation as Participation
  7. Becoming Beautiful
  8. Becoming Edwardsean

This volume takes its place among several recent introductions to Edwards’ life and thought. McClymond and McDermott’s The Theology of Jonathan Edwards remains the most comprehensive introduction to Edwards’ thought. Finn and Kimble’s Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards treats Edwards for evangelicals. Stout, Minkema, and Neele’s Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia is, of course, the most encyclopedic treatment of Edwards’ work, and includes the most diverse array of scholarly contributors. But Crisp and Strobel’s book will find a ready, eager audience among constructive theologians in what McDermott calls the “British school” of Edwards scholarship (http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/article/jonathan-edwards-and-gods-inner-life-a-response-to-kyle-strobel).

Anglo-American, analytic, and constructive Reformed Protestants who wish to retain a classical doctrine of God and creation, retrieving concepts and arguments from the mainstream Christian tradition in the service of churchly theological work in the present, will find no better models for their work than Crisp and Strobel.