Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality

Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality

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Since the publication of Sang Hyun Lee's revolutionary commentary, The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards, scholars have considered the possibilities of understanding Jonathan Edwards's thought in terms of dispositional laws, forces, and habits. While some scholars reject the notion of a dispositional ontology in Edwards, others have taken the concept of disposition in his thought beyond the usage the Northampton minister ever indicated, especially with respect to soteriological considerations. The preacher of qSinners in the Hands of an Angry Godq is made to be an inclusivist, if not a crypto-universalist. Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality substantiates that Edwards, in an effort to combat deistic and materialistic Enlightenment paradigms, employs dispositions in his philosophy, but that his radical theocentrism and Calvinistic particularism established its boundaries within his apologetical reconsideration of spatiotemporal and metaphysical reality. Within his qspiritual visionq of reality, Edwards leaves no stone unturned: history and even the reprobate find inherent value and a positive functional role not only in God's program of self-glorification but as manifestations of divine being--the damned are qdeformitiesq in God. The logic of Edwards's theocentric vision of reality pushes his ideas to the limits of acceptable Reformed orthodoxy, and sometimes beyond those limits.The Relationship of God to the World, Redemption History, and the Reprobate John J. Bombaro ... seem inconsistent in light of the proportionate regard principle, but also his teaching on unmerited grace ap- pears superfluous. ... the delight of the saints proportionate to their ontological stature in Christ) and, as we shall see in chapters 12 and13, the doctrine of justification. ... Holmes insightfully notes that Jonathan Edwards was not content to say with his tradition that the Spirit a€œmerelyanbsp;...

Title:Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality
Author: John J. Bombaro
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2011-10-19

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