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Sweeney’s Booknotes: A Collection of Essays on Jonathan Edwards

Matthew V. Everhard and Robert L. Boss, eds., A Collection of Essays on Jonathan Edwards (Charleston, SC: JESociety Press, 2016).

Boss_EssaysThis privately published set of essays is “an experiment,” writes the Rev. Matthew Everhard at the outset of the volume. “Each of the contributors to this collection of essays has provided a unique, thoroughly researched, article pertaining to the life, times, or thought” of the sage of Northampton. And “as each writer comes from a different background and perspective—some of us are pastors, others are still students, still others professional theologians—we each have something unique to say about Edwards” (p. 1). Indeed. This project is a delight. All of its essays are well written. All are penned by ecclesially-oriented Reformed Christians (Presbyterians and Baptists). And all find something important to commend, albeit critically, regarding Edwards’ work.

A product of the innovative Jonathan Edwards Society, a brainchild of this volume’s co-editor, Robert Boss (http://www.jesociety.org/), the book is beautifully designed, replete with 19 different figures (i.e. illustrations), and features a wide range of topics in Edwards studies.

My favorites were the essays by Sarah Boss, Rob’s daughter and a recent college graduate, who contributed a lovely piece on “Edwards and Thoreau: Typologies of Lakes”; and Chris Woznicki, the son of immigrants from Poland and Guatemala, who asks a question based on the work of Robert Jenson (a well-known Lutheran theologian), “Jonathan Edwards: America’s Theologian? A Latino Evaluation of Jonathan Edwards’s Harmartiology.” Other readers will surely find different chapters to love.

Here’s the volume’s table of contents:

  1. “Introduction,” by Matthew Everhard (Senior Pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, FL)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards: A Biographical Sketch,” by J. T. Holderman (Senior Pastor of Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Gap, PA)
  1. “Edwards and Thoreau: Typologies of Lakes,” by Sarah Boss (a recent Wheaton College graduate)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards: Calvinistic Homeboy or Reformed Eccentric?,” by Matthew Everhard (see identification above)
  1. “Did Jonathan Edwards Help Inspire the Modern Missionary Movement?,” by Obbie Tyler Todd (Associate Pastor of Students at Zoar Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards and the Silkworm: Preaching and Typology,” by Matthew Everhard (see identification above)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards and the Relationship between Habit and Practice in Christian Experience,” by David Luke (Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Irish Baptist College, County Down, Northern Ireland)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards and Ratiocination: An Eternal Journey into the Discovery of God and Truth,” by Toby K. Easley (itinerant preacher, author, and theologian)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards: America’s Theologian? A Latino Evaluation of Jonathan Edwards’s Harmartiology,” by Chris Woznicki (PhD student in systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary)
  1. “A Glimpse of the Brave New World of Discordant Voices into Which Jonathan Edwards Was Born,” by Jonathan S. Marko (Assistant Professor of Philosophical and Systematic Theology, Cornerstone University)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards and Caring for the Book of Nature,” by Robert Boss (sometime pastor, author, and theologian)
  1. “Jonathan Edwards through the Eyes of His Children,” by Zachary Hopkins (Pastor/Teaching Elder, Edgington Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Taylor Ridge, IL)

I share the editors’ hope “that this volume will not be alone, but will be followed by other publishing ventures that focus on Edwards, while simultaneously providing a voice to the rising generation of Edwards scholars” (p. 1). If these first fruits of their labors are a reliable indicator, such future publishing ventures will offer an edifying showcase for original work on Edwards by ecclesial theologians.

Many thanks to the members of the Jonathan Edwards Society for this promising publication.

Call for Papers: JESociety 2012, Oct 4-7

Friends of the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS may be interested in the following announcement …

The Jonathan Edwards Society is extending a call for papers for the Oct 4-7, 2012 conference on the theme of “Jonathan Edwards: An American Apocalyptic Prophet.”

The details below on paper submission are from the Jonathan Edwards Society website:

Some Sug­gested Topics

  • Edwards’ escha­tol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy of history
  • Edwards’ escha­tol­ogy in its his­tor­i­cal context
  • Armini­an­ism
  • Amer­i­can utopian and dystopian literature
  • Utopian social experiments
  • The social, polit­i­cal, and eco­nomic con­text of Edwards’ thought
  • Con­tem­po­rary cul­tural trends in light of Edwards’ escha­tol­ogy and ethics.

Require­ments:

  • Abstracts: 200-​​word maximum
  • Papers: 3,000-word max­i­mum (designed for a read­ing time of 20 to 30 minutes)

Please include the fol­low­ing information:

  • Name
  • Aca­d­e­mic sta­tus and insti­tu­tional affil­i­a­tion (if any)
  • Mail­ing address, e-​​mail address, tele­phone number

Please sub­mit your abstracts or papers (Microsoft-​​Word For­mat) by Sep­tem­ber 1st, 2012.

The con­fer­ence reg­is­tra­tion fee is $50.00 for adults, $25.00 for col­lege stu­dents, and $10.00 for high school stu­dents. Please make your check payable to The Jonathan Edwards Soci­ety and mail it to the address below.

Richard Hall
Dept. of Gov­ern­ment & His­tory
Fayet­teville State Uni­ver­sity
1200 Murchi­son Road
Fayet­teville, NC 28301
rhall@​uncfsu.​edu

JESociety 2010 Conference, Oct 1-3

The Jonathan Edwards Society conference was mentioned earlier on this blog. The updated program schedule is now available at http://www.jesociety.org/jes‑2010‑conference‑program/.

The conference, on the theme of “Jonathan Edwards for the New Millennium,” is sponsored jointly by the Jonathan Edwards Society and the Edwin Mellen Press, to take place in Northampton, Massachusetts on October 1-3, 2010. Featured speakers include Gerald McDermott and Michael McClymond, who will discuss their current joint work, a 46-chapter comprehensive study of Jonathan Edwards’s theology, soon to be published by Oxford University Press. Avihu Zakai will also present a lecture on Jonathan Edwards’s philosophy of nature which coincides with his latest book published this summer. Other speakers include Kenneth Minkema, Herbert Richardson, Oliver Crisp, Robert King and many others.

For more details on this exciting conference, see the full program.

The Jonathan Edwards Society 2010 Conference

The Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS is pleased to announce an exciting conference on the theme, “Jonathan Edwards for the New Millennium,” sponsored jointly by the Jonathan Edwards Society and the Edwin Mellen Press, to take place in Northampton, Massachusetts on October 1-2, 2010. Featured speakers include Gerald McDermott and Michael McClymond, who will discuss their current joint work, a 46-chapter comprehensive study of Jonathan Edwards’s theology, soon to be published by Oxford University Press. Avihu Zakai will also present a lecture on Jonathan Edwards’s philosophy of nature which coincides with his latest book published this summer.

The conference will help promote the interests of Edwardsean scholarship as well as bring together a wide variety of scholars from different disciplines and perspectives. Papers on all topics are especially welcome that further the ongoing work of contextualizing Edwards’s ideas for the twenty-first century. The deadline for submission of abstracts or papers is September 1, 2010. For more information about this conference and ideas for possible paper topics, please visit http://www.jesociety.org/.