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One holy and happy society : the public theology of Jonathan Edwards

Author: Gerald R McDermott
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) was arguably this country's greatest theologian and its finest philosopher before the nineteenth century. His school of disciples (the "New Divinity") exerted enormous influence on the religious and political cultures of late colonial and early republican America. Hence, any study of religion and politics in early America must take account of this theologian and his legacy. Yet historians  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 91042492
(OCoLC)24848425
Named Person: Jonathan Edwards; Jonathan Edwards
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald R McDermott
ISBN: 9780271072746 0271072741
OCLC Number: 918930046
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
Dedication --
Preface --
List of Abbreviations --
Introduction --
1 God's Manner with a Covenant People: The National Covenant --
The City on a Hill --
New England as Redeemer Nation? --
Final Assessment --
2 That Glorious Work of God and the Beautiful Society: The Premillennial Age and the Millennium --
Edwards's Entertainment and Delight --
The Shape of the Millennium --
Chronology --
Millennial Geography --
Millennial Religion --
Millennial Society --
Millennial Economics --
Knowledge and Technology --
Politics That Glorious Work of God: The Premillennial Revivals --
America's Role --
The Significance of Edwards's Millennialism --
3 Private Affection and Publick Spirit: The Edwardsean Social Ethic --
God and Being --
Virtue and the System of Being --
Christian Love and Virtue --
God's Presence in One's Neighbor and the Poor --
4 The Importance and Functions of Strong Rods: Edwards on the Magistracy --
Beyond Country Ideology --
The Importance and Functions of Public Authority --
5 The Priviledges and Duties of Subjects: A Theology of Citizenship --
A Society Sweetly United --
Men May Love Their Country You That Are . . . Not Much Accounted Of --
Edwards's Theology of the Christian Citizen and the New Nation --
6 In Retrospect --
Limitations --
Contributions --
Final Remarks --
Selected Bibliography --
Primary Sources --
Manuscripts --
Published Works --
Secondary Sources --
Books --
Articles and Essays --
Dissertations --
Index
Responsibility: Gerald R. McDermott.

Abstract:

Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) was arguably this country's greatest theologian and its finest philosopher before the nineteenth century. His school of disciples (the "New Divinity") exerted enormous influence on the religious and political cultures of late colonial and early republican America. Hence, any study of religion and politics in early America must take account of this theologian and his legacy. Yet historians still regard Edward's social theory as either nonexistent or underdeveloped. Gerald McDermott demonstrates, to the contrary, that Edwards was very interested in the social and political affairs of his day, and commented upon them at length in his unpublished sermons and private notebooks. McDermott shows that Edwards thought deeply about New England's status under God, America's role in the millennium, the nature and usefulness of patriotism, the duties of a good magistrate, and what it means to be a good citizen. In fact, his sociopolitical theory was at least as fully developed as that of his better-known contemporaries and more progressive in its attitude toward citizens' rights. Using unpublished manuscripts that have previously been largely ignored, McDermott also convincingly challenges generations of scholarly opinion about Edwards. The Edwards who emerges from this nook is both less provincial and more this-worldly than the persona he is commonly given.

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"This book is superbly researched and provocatively argued. I'm certain it will one day make a major impact in the field of early American intellectual and religious history."-Harry Stout, Yale Read more...

 
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