Based on his recently completed dissertation, Mark Rogers introduced an often forgotten leader in the Second Great Awakening, Edward Dorr Griffin (1770-1837). Griffin was an Edwardsian pastor, professor, evangelist, theologian, and college president who led multiple revivals between 1792 and 1835. Rogers demonstrated how Griffin and his revivals were shaped by the writings and revival legacy of Jonathan Edwards. He made three main arguments. First, Rogers showed that Griffin and his associates sought revival using specific means that they had learned from Jonathan Edwards’ writings and example. Second, he explained how Griffin’s revivals were in fact Calvinist revivals, marked by the preaching of New Divinity Calvinism, and often resulting in conversions to Calvinist doctrine. Third, he showed the manner in which these revivals looked very similar to those in the First Great Awakening, as Griffin’s reporting of revival followed Edwardsian form. This lecture challenged the popular view that the Second Great Awakening was entirely a departure from Edwards’ First Great Awakening. A close look at Griffin’s important ministry demonstrates important continuity between the First and Second Awakenings.
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by geoffrey.fulkerson | April 14th, 2012
by geoffrey.fulkerson | February 14th, 2012
The JEC is pleased to announce that the audio from Thabiti Anyabwile’s Jonathan Edwards and the Church lecture is now available. Click here to stream the audio or here to stream the video or visit our media page to download the audio file. See below for a description of the event:
Jonathan Edwards and American Racism:
Can the Theology of a Slave Owner Be Trusted by Descendants of Slaves?
Jonathan Edwards is arguably the most important theologian that North America has produced. He is a hero to many Christians. Yet he also owned slaves, a fact that has raised important questions about his moral credibility. Should we really be holding Edwards up as a theological role model? Should we be trying to learn from him? These are live questions here at Trinity and beyond. Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile has thought about these questions–as a pastor, an African American, and adherent to Reformed theology. We invite you to listen in as he reflects about them personally, engaging two other African-American pastors and the audience in an edifying installment of the Edwards Center series ‘Jonathan Edwards and the Church,’ moderated by Dr. Sweeney.
This event was cosponsored by the Henry Center and the JEC. Pastor Anyabwile’s lecture took place on Wednesday, Feb 1, 1-2:30pm in the ATO Chapel on the TEDS campus. Pastor Louis Love of New Life Fellowship Church, Vernon Hills, and Pastor Charlie Dates of Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago responded to the lecture.
by geoffrey.fulkerson | November 29th, 2011
Mark Noll is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.
He gave a stimulating lecture in the New Directions in Edwards Studies series, titled “Jonathan Edwards’ Use of the Bible: A Case Study with Comparisons.” The lecture was held on November 9, 2011 at 1pm in ATO Chapel on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
We are happy to announce that the lecture is now available as a free audio: Noll on Edwards and Scripture
by geoffrey.fulkerson | March 3rd, 2011
David Barshinger is a PhD Candidate in the Theological Studies Program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and the Senior Fellow and Book Review Editor for the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS.
He gave the final lecture in the 2010–2011 academic year for the “New Directions in Edwards Studies” series. In the lecture he demonstrated the significance of the Psalms in Edwards’ life, biblical interpretation, worship, and preaching, and he outlined seven theological themes that Edwards developed in his engagement with the book of Psalms: God’s glory, human depravity, Christ’s broad work from servant to king, the heralding of the gospel by the Spirit, the church, the call to vital piety, and the eschatological judgment and hope. Barshinger argued against labeling Edwards’ exegesis of the Psalms as merely “Christological,” claiming that such a description is too narrow for the variety of ways in which he engaged the Psalter. Instead, he suggested that in practice it was “redemptive-historical, grounded in the Trinity’s work of redemption and accented with the preaching of the gospel.” The lecture was followed by an engaging discussion about Edwards’ contribution to the church’s engagement with the book of Psalms.
Lecture (with Q&A): Barshinger on Edwards and the Psalms