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The Center is pleased to offer a designated terminal in Rolfing Library on the campus of TEDS which allows students and visiting scholars to access a wealth of resources for the study of Edwards and related figures and movements throughout history.  This unique online collection is available through the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.

In addition, please note the following resources.  We are gratified to be part of a network of Edwards Centers around the world.

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New Directions in Edwards Studies

1. Speaker: Oliver Crisp
Title: The Excellency of the Trinity: Jonathan Edwards on The Triune God
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: In this lecture, Oliver Crisp will examine intriguing aspects to Jonathan Edwards’s Trinitarian doctrine. In many ways, Edwards had a traditional doctrine of the Trinity and defended such notions as God as simple, pure act, etc. However, the idea of divine excellency played an important role in Edwards’s thinking about God–and ironically, Crisp argues, it led Edwards to a somewhat idiosyncratic account of the Trinity.

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2. Speaker: Michael McClymond
Title: Jonathan Edwards and the Future of Global Christianity
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: World Christianity today is quite different than a century ago. It now seems increasingly likely that Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals in Africa, Asia, and Latin America will play a major role in shaping the twenty-first-century theological agenda. A new agenda for the new century needs to be scripturally based, open to vibrant, Spirit-led experience, engaged with non-Christian religions, and ecumenically fruitful. Surprising as it may sound, the writings of eighteenth-century thinker Jonathan Edwards offer an excellent point of departure for such a theological agenda. As Professors McClymond and McDermott have exhaustively demonstrated in their major book, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards(Oxford University Press, 2012; 784 pp.), Jonathan Edwarsds’s thought functions as a bridge figure in four ways—between Catholics and Protestants, the Christian East and West, Charismatics and Non-Charismatics, and Liberals and Conservatives. His ideas can therefore be helpful in connecting the theological discussions that have taken place within separated Christian communities that have not tended to communicate or discuss their ideas with one another.

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3. Speaker: Nam-Joon Kim
Title: Jonathan Edwards and Korea
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: Much Edwardsean scholarship and research is focused on the North American and European settings. However, Jonathan Edwards has played a significant role in the character of Christianity in South Korea. This lecture explores some of the legacies of Edwards within the Korean ecclesial context. Part of the genius of Edwardsean theology today is that it is not only thriving in the transatlantic world but extends far across geographical and ethnic boundaries. Pastor Nam-Joon Kim also offers some autobiographical perspectives on how the theology and spirituality of Edwards has shaped his own pastoral ministry in South Korea.

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4. Speaker: Anna Svetlikova
Title: Edwards and Literature: The Case of Natural Typology
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: What are the grounds for studying Edwards’ writings from a literary perspective? In what ways can it be done and what are the results? What has become of Edwards in English departments? This lecture will outline some possibilities for a literary study of Edwards’ writings and discuss some tensions which may arise between a theological and a literary approach, focusing particularly on Edwards’ typology of nature and offering an example of a literary interpretation of the type as a rhetorical form.

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5. Speaker: Mark Rogers
Title: An Edwardsian Second Great Awakening?: The Revival Ministry of Edward Dorr Griffin
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: The First and Second Great Awakenings are commonly contrasted, pitting Jonathan Edwards’ revival leadership and theology against that of frontier camp meetings and Finneyite New Measures. In this story of contrast and discontinuity, Edwards’ impact on the Second Great Awakening has been neglected. As a result, Edward Dorr Griffin, one of the most prominent and influential leaders of the Second Awakening has been forgotten. This lecture will outline Griffin’s revival leadership and demonstrate the ways in which Jonathan Edwards shaped his ministry, the revivals he led, and large portions of the Second Great Awakening.

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6. Speaker: Doug Sweeney
Title: Colloquium on Jonathan Edwards' Global Legacies
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: Douglas Sweeney and Oliver Crisp have co-edited an exciting new volume on Jonathan Edwards: "After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology." Based on this new book, the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS is presented a panel discussion on these men's work. This JEC event was part of the New Directions in Edwards Studies series.

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7. Speaker: Mark Noll
Title: Jonathan Edwards' Use of the Bible: A Case Study with Comparisons.
Location: ATO Chapel
Description: Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. The title of the lecture was: "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.

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8. Speaker: David Barshinger
Title: Making the Psalter One's 'Own Language:' Jonathan Edwards Engages the Psalms
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: Senior Fellow and Book Review Editor of the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS and a PhD student at Trinity is studying for a degree in Theological Studies with a focus on Jonathan Edwards and American church history. The title of the lecture was "Making the Psalter One's 'Own Language:' Jonathan Edwards Engages the Psalms," held on February 23, 2011 at 1pm in Hinkson Hall on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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9. Speaker: Richard Muller
Title: Jonathan Edwards and the Absence of Free Choice
Location: ATO Chapel
Description: P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. The title of the lecture was "Jonathan Edwards and the Absence of Free Choice," held on September 29, 2010 at 1pm in ATO Chapel on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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Jonathan Edwards and the Church

1. Speaker: Oliver Crisp
Title: Jonathan Edwards on Preaching
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: Jonathan Edwards, in the popular imagination, is synonymous with the hellfire preaching of the puritans, hardly distinguishable from his most famous (or infamous) sermon, Sinners in the hands of an angry God. This one sermon, however, is not representative of his homiletics as a whole. In this lecture, Oliver Crisp will present a fuller portrait of Edwards the homiletician, articulating Edwards’ understanding of the nature and task of preaching. While dissimilarities between Edwards’ social context and our own makes any univocal appropriation impossible, Crisp argues that Edwards’ understanding of preaching as an exercise in rhetorical power, whereby words are believed to change hearers (heart and mind) via the attending work of the Holy Spirit, remains commendable.

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2. Speaker: Thabiti Anyabwile
Title: Jonathan Edwards and American Racism
Location: ATO Chapel
Description: 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? Listen as Thabiti Anyabwile addresses these questions (with responses from Louis Love and Charlie Dates). This lecture, co-sponsored by the Henry Center, was held on February 1, 2012 at 1pm in the ATO Chapel on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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

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Global Edwards

1. Speaker: Adriaan Neele
Title: Nineteenth-century French Missionaries at Lesotho: An appropriation of Edwards’ A History of the Work of Redemption
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: The examination of the Morija Archives at Lesotho, and in particular primary source material of the Société des missions évangéliques de Paris, awaits a much-needed appraisal. This paper will evaluate a recently discovered French-written notebook concerning systematic theology belonging to a French missionary that attest of deep acquaintance with classical sources of Christian theology, including but not limited to Jonathan Edwards’ A History of the Work of Redemption, which was formative for the theological education enterprise at Basutoland.

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2. Speaker: Dolf Britz
Title: Reflections on the history and theology of the church in nineteenth-century South Africa
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: It is common knowledge that the incorporation of the Cape of Good Hope into the expanding British Empire at the beginning of the 19th century, offered the opportunity for the churches of Europe and Britain, and numerous mission societies (including from the USA) to establish themselves and to proclaim the gospel to non-Christians in this region. The subsequent 20th century church historiography portrays this history as a fragmented picture, mapped out mostly as denominational history, while the work of mission societies is (separately) seen as ‘mission history’. This paper outlines an integrated and comprehensive overview of the history and theology of 19th century Southern African church, with emphasis on theological-historical trajectories characteristic of this enthralling history of the Church of Christ.

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3. Speaker: Paul Helm
Title: Jonathan Edwards, Reformed Orthodoxy, and Human Freedom
Location: Hinkson Hall
Description: In ‘Jonathan Edwards and the Absence of Free Choice: A Parting of Ways in the Reformed Tradition’ (Jonathan Edwards Studies, Vol.1), Richard Muller argues that there is a sea change in the understanding of human freedom between the era of Reformed Orthodoxy, for whom (he claims) freedom involved a two-way contingency, and that of Jonathan Edwards, for whom it didn’t. In this lecture Paul Helm shall argue that the dierences have been exaggerated. Edwards’ compatibilism is more exible than Muller allows for, and Muller’s interpretation of Reformed Orthodoxy leaves the position with an important diculty. An alternative interpretation is oered. It is argued that the remaining dierences on the issue of freedom are those of philosophical presentation rather than of metaphysical or theological substance.

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