Lectures

The Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS currently sponsors three lectureships, each of which are free and open to all.  All lectures are held on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL).

Resources for past lectures can also be found on our Resource page.

 


Jonathan Edwards and the Church

This series invites the best Christian Edwards scholars in the world to address pastors and church people on Edwards and his legacy.  Topics will range widely, but will always connect the ministry of Edwards to the life of the Christian church.  In addition to providing a platform for esteemed thought-leaders to share their insights, the series will feature a pastoral response designed to stimulate discussion of an ecclesial kind.  The series is moderated by Center Director Doug Sweeney.  All sessions are recorded and available for free in the Resources section.

The initial lecturer in the Jonathan Edwards and the Church lecture series was George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.  The title of this lecture: “Jonathan Edwards for the Twenty-first Century”.  The pastoral respondent was Colin Smith of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church of Arlington Heights (IL).  The inaugural lecture was held on November 3, 2010 at 1pm in ATO Chapel on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

 


New Directions in Edwards Studies

This series features cutting-edge scholarly work on Edwards.  The series is aimed at those participating in, or wishing to stay abreast of, the current scholarly conversation on Edwards.

The initial lecturer in the New Directions in Edwards Studies series was Richard Muller, P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.  The inaugural lecture, entitled “Jonathan Edwards and the Absence of Free Choice”, was held on September 29, 2010 at 1pm in ATO Chapel on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

 


“The Global Edwards” lecture series

While Jonathan Edwards has long been recognized as the United States’ preeminent theologian, and one of the leading influences in the U.S. church, his international renown and global reception is less recognized. That is quickly changing, however, as represented in the new global Jonathan Edwards centers initiated from Yale and in several publications tied to Trinity’s Edwards Center, such as David W. Kling and Douglas A. Sweeney, eds.,Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003), and Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas A. Sweeney, eds., After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

In an effort to galvanize this international scholarship, we are therefore pleased to announce “The Global Edwards” lecture series. With the generous support of the Yullin Church of Seoul, especially its pastor, Nam-Joon Kim, this series features international scholars engaged in the increasingly global conversation on Edwards’ life and influence.