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Virtue reformed : rereading Jonathan Edwards's ethics

Author: Stephen A Wilson
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2005.
Series: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 132.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Much of the previous fifty years of scholarship on Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) has circumscribed his ethical thought either within narrow interpretations of Calvinist theology or the philosophy of the "moral sense." The mutually exclusive nature of each perspective has distorted the importance Edwards granted human abilities in the salvation process and the demanding moral standards he thought were uniquely
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Jonathan Edwards; Jonathan Edwards
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen A Wilson
ISBN: 9004143009 9789004143005
OCLC Number: 61204447
Description: xxv, 406 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
Preface --
Virtue and Salvation: Centrifugal Forces --
Edwards as Theologian and Philosopher: Centrifugal Historiographies --
Introduction --
Re-reading Edwards's Ethics --
The Current State of Scholarship --
The Need for a New Reading --
Protestant Scholasticism as a Historical Frame --
Pushing the Theological Boundaries of Perfectionism --
Aristotelian and Neoplatonic Philosophies of Virtue --
A Summary of the Argument --
The Ubiquity of the Practical Syllogism --
Christian Practice as the 'Sign of Signs' --
The Ubiquity of Puritanism --
The Practical Syllogism Used Against the Revivalists --
The Practical Syllogism Used Against Moral Sense Philosophy --
Sharpening the Syllogism: The Distinctive Motivational Structure of Sanctified Charity --
Conclusions: Aristotelian, Neoplatonic, and Perfectionistic. The Holy Spirit's Tenancy Expanded --
Virtue as the 'Sign of Signs' and imputed Righteousness --
Tensions in Calvin, Puritan Responses, and Edwards's Revival Writings --
Cambridge Platonists on Virtue and the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit --
Using Cambridge Platonism Against Deism and Moral Sense Theory --
Adapting Emanation Metaphysics for Reformed Polemics --
Edwards's Privileging of Inherent Righteousness Over Imputed Righteousness --
A Reformed Moral Sense Theory? --
The Integrity of Secondary Causes A Pre-Modern Taxonomy of Causality --
Secondary Causes in Turretin and Gale --
Secondary Causes in Puritanism: Two Traditions --
Antinomianism and Edwards's Early Published Sermons --
The Development of Anti-Antinomianism in Edwards's Early Revival Writings --
Secondary Causes in the Treatise Concerning Religious Affections --
Diverse Traditions and intersecting Discourses: Edwards's Mature View. Habituation and the Will's Limited Freedom --
Edwards's Conception of the Will and Reformed Historiography --
A Kind of Compatibilism --
The Arminian Position Defined --
Edwardsean Freedom as Limited Dispositional Enhancement in the Future --
Habit and Freedom in Edwards and Aristotle --
Edwards and Mastricht on Freedom and Secondary Causes --
Complicating Perseverance --
The Perseverance of the Saints as a Theological Crossroads --
Divesting Salvation from Assurance I --
Divesting Salvation from Assurance II --
God's Maintenance of Assurance and Salvation I --
God's Maintenance of Assurance and Salvation II --
Complicating the Established Canon as Context --
Justification, Sanctification and Perseverance in the 'Miscellanies' --
Perseverance as a Convergence Point in the Edwardsean Corpus. Church Community as Providential and Prudential --
Sharpening the Distinguishing Features of Those 'In Favor With God' --
David Brainerd: Hagiography as Soteriology and Casuistry --
Discernment and Prudence as Edwardsean Cardinal Virtues --
Edwards's Perfectionist Ecelesiology: Puzzles and Prospects --
The Church as Polis: Discernment and Prudence as Inescapably Social --
The Logic of Virtue: Conversion, Assurance, Second Causes, Perseverance --
The Contemporary Connotations of Virtue --
The Multiple Valences of Edwardsean Virtue --
The Problem of Canon and the Problem of Edwards's intellectual Development --
Edwards's Intellectual Development Through the Lens of the 'Miscellanies' --
Reading Edwards Against Himself --
Edwards's Continuing Significance --
Works Cited --
Primary Sources --
Secondary Sources --
Index of Names --
Subject Index --
Index of Biblical Studies.
Series Title: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 132.
Responsibility: by Stephen A. Wilson.
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