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Sweeney’s Booknotes: The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia

Harry S. Stout, Kenneth P. Minkema, and Adriaan C. Neele, eds., The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017).

EncyclopediaThe long-awaited Edwards Encyclopedia is here. With nearly 400 entries by 169 scholars, as well as a “Foreword” by George Marsden, it is a culmination of many years of labor in New Haven as well as the spread of Edwards studies during the past generation through a wide array of scholarly institutions around the world.

I and several of my students have contributed to this volume. In the interest of fair play, I will keep my comments brief.

This landmark volume features well-known scholars writing on topics about which they have already published books: Robert Brown on “Biblical Languages (Hebrew and Greek),” Ronald Story on “Charity,” Rhys Bezzant on “Ecclesiology,” Ava Chamberlain on “Elizabeth Tuttle Edwards (b. 1645),” Jan Stievermann on “German Pietism,” Thomas Kidd on “Great Awakening,” Sang Hyun Lee on “Habit,” Oliver Crisp on “Idealism,” Seng-Kong Tan on “Incarnation,” Gerald McDermott on “Islam,” Donald Whitney on “Piety,” Ray Yeo on “Regeneration,” Stephen Stein on “Scripture (Exegetical Sources),” David Kling on “Second Great Awakening,” Terrence Erdt on “Sense of the Heart,” Amy Plantinga Pauw on “Trinity,” and Stephen R. C. Nichols on “Typology,” for example.

Perhaps more importantly, it also features lesser-known, up-and-coming scholars treating topics on which they have learned a great deal: Allan Hedberg on “Aging,” Ryan Hoselton on “William Ames,” Joseph Tyrpak on “David Brainerd,” Reita Yazawa on “Covenant,” David Komline on “Sereno Edwards Dwight (1786-1850),” David Barshinger on “Hermeneutics,” Roy Mellor on “An Humble Inquiry (1749),” Craig Biehl on “Merit of Christ,” Daniel Cooley on “Edwards Amasa Park (1808-1900),” Jon Hinkson on “Providence,” Ryan Griffith on “Spiritual Gifts”—this list could go on and on.

Several contributors wrote many different entries–most importantly Ken Minkema, Associate Editor of the volume and Executive Editor of the Edwards Center at Yale.

As the editors have written in the volume’s “Introduction,” the Encyclopedia “fills an essential gap” in reference works about Edwards and his world. It corrects “certain stubborn errors or myths about Edwards’s life and those of his family and acquaintance[s].” It also provides “succinct synopses of topics large and small, well known and little known in Edwards’s life, as well as easily referenced sketches of the people and events of his times, any or all of which can be followed up in more depth by consulting the suggested readings at the end of each entry” (p. x).

Stout, Minkema, and Neele hope to publish an expanded, online version of this work, which will include new entries on subjects identified by readers as important to the study of Edwards’ life, times, and legacies in the future. So our thanks should go today both to those who have made this letterpress book possible and those who will engage and improve it in days ahead.

Marsden on Edwards and Beauty

George Marsden is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus at University of Notre Dame and he gave the first lecture in the “Jonathan Edwards and the Church” series (cosponsored with the Henry Center for Theological Understanding). In his lecture, he set the stage with a picture of Benjamin Franklin’s modernity as it was deeply shaped by emerging enlightenment and modern trends. Against this backdrop, his contemporary Jonathan Edwards posed a sharp contrast, the last of the Puritan theologians responding in his own way to a changing world, which Marsden fleshed out as a Edwards’s brilliant ‘theology of active beauty.’ Colin Smith, the pastor of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church, probed in response to Dr. Marsden’s lecture how pastors can help people move from the religion of Franklin to the faith of Edwards. The exchange between these two men was very stimulating to all in attendance.


A free audio and video of this lecture will be available soon.

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.