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Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Sang Hyun Lee

Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Sang Hyun Lee

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[The author's] is no small achievement ... to present Edwards's rich thought coherently while making it intensely relevant to contemporary intellectual concerns. Sang Lee's book is a central contribution to our increasing appreciation for this magisterial figure from the American past.

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This book demonstrates the originality and coherence of Jonathan Edwards' philosophical theology using his dynamic reconception of reality as the interpretive key. The author argues that what underlies Edwards' writings is a radical shift from the traditional Western metaphysics of substance and form to a new conception of the world as a network of dispositions: active and abiding principles that possess reality apart from their manifestations in actions and events. Edwards' dispositional ontology enables him to restate the Augustinian-Calvinist tradition in theology in a strikingly modern philosophical framework.

A prime example of Edwards' innovative reconstruction in philosophical theology is his conception of God as both eternal actuality and a disposition to repeat that actuality within God and also through creation. This view is a compelling alternative to the traditional Western doctrine of God as changeless actuality, on the one hand, and the recent process theologians' excessive stress on God's involvement in change, on the other. Edwards' achievement was that he saw dynamic movement as essential to God's own life without compromising the traditional Christian tenets of God's prior actuality and transcendence. The author of this volume also explicates the way in which Edwards' dynamic reconception of reality informs his theories of imagination, aesthetic perception, the knowledge of God, and the meaning of history.

This expanded edition includes a new preface and a new appendix titled "Jonathan Edwards on Nature."



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About "Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards"

[The author's] is no small achievement ... to present Edwards's rich thought coherently while making it intensely relevant to contemporary intellectual concerns. Sang Lee's book is a central contribution to our increasing appreciation for this magisterial figure from the American past.
- Publisher

This book demonstrates the originality and coherence of Jonathan Edwards' philosophical theology using his dynamic reconception of reality as the interpretive key. The author argues that what underlies Edwards' writings is a radical shift from the traditional Western metaphysics of substance and form to a new conception of the world as a network of dispositions: active and abiding principles that possess reality apart from their manifestations in actions and events. Edwards' dispositional ontology enables him to restate the Augustinian-Calvinist tradition in theology in a strikingly modern philosophical framework.

A prime example of Edwards' innovative reconstruction in philosophical theology is his conception of God as both eternal actuality and a disposition to repeat that actuality within God and also through creation. This view is a compelling alternative to the traditional Western doctrine of God as changeless actuality, on the one hand, and the recent process theologians' excessive stress on God's involvement in change, on the other. Edwards' achievement was that he saw dynamic movement as essential to God's own life without compromising the traditional Christian tenets of God's prior actuality and transcendence. The author of this volume also explicates the way in which Edwards' dynamic reconception of reality informs his theories of imagination, aesthetic perception, the knowledge of God, and the meaning of history.

This expanded edition includes a new preface and a new appendix titled "Jonathan Edwards on Nature."


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Sang Hyun Lee

Sang Hyun Lee (Ph.D., Harvard University) is the Kyung-Chik Han Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and director of the institutions Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry. He also chairs the Asian American Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is interested in and teaches courses on systematic theology, Asian American theology, Jonathan Edwards, and God and the problem of evil.

The Princeton Companion to Jonathan Edwards (Princeton University Press, 2005); The Works of Jonathan Edwards, volume 23, Writings on the Trinity, Grace, and Faith (Yale University Press, 2003); The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Princeton University Press, 1988) and From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology (Fortress Press; 2010)

Table Of Contents

  • Preface To The Expanded Edition Ix Acknowledgments Xi Abbreviations Xv I. Introduction: The Idea Of Habit And Edwards' Dynamic Vision Of Reality 3 Ii. The Idea Of Habit 15 The Aristotelian-thomistic Tradition 17 Ideas Of Habit In Edwards' Background 22 Edwards'idea Of Habit 34 Iii. Being As Habit 47 Edwards' Dispositional Ontology 48 Habits And Laws As The Permanence Of The Created World 51 Iv. Being As Relational And Dynamic 76 Habits And Laws As The Structure Of Being 76 Habits And Laws As The Dynamic Principles Of Being 95 V. Imagination As The Habit Of Mind 115 Locke And The Cambridge Platonists 117 The Imagination Of The Habit Of Mind 125 Vi. Imagination As Aesthetic Sense 147 The Habit Of Mind And The Sensation Of Beauty 148 The Ontological Function Of The Imagination 165 Vii. The Increasing Fullness Of The Divine Being 170 God As Disposition And Actuality 175 The Fullness Of God 185 God's Self-enlargement Ad Extra 196 Viii. God And The Becoming Of The World 211 The Temporality Of The Self-enlarging God And The Meaning And Destiny Of History 214 The Rhythm Of The Becoming Of The World 223 Appendix Jonathan Edwards On Nature 243 Index 269

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  • Catalogue Code 146787
  • Product Code 0691049424
  • EAN 9780691049427
  • Pages 296
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Princeton University Press
  • Publication Date Feb 2000
  • Dimensions 214 x 138 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.312kg

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