God is a Communicative Being Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards

by William M. Schweitzer

Part of the T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology Series

God is a Communicative Being Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards Synopsis

Over the past half century, there has been a proliferation of scholarship on the great American theologian Jonathan Edwards. However, the vast majority of this output confines itself to the details of his work. With some welcome exceptions, the forest has often been missed for the trees. In this ground breaking study William Schweitzer presents a new reading of Edwards: He starts with the question what is distinctive in Edwards' theology? The answer comes in Edwards' insight into Trinitarian life. God is eternally communicative of his knowledge, love, and joy among the Three Persons of the Trinity, and this divine communicativeness was for Edwards the explanation for why God created the universe. More specifically, however, Edwards believed that God's communication carries with it the Trinitarian hallmark of harmony. This hallmark is not always east to discern, even for the regenerate. Edwards' lifelong projectGCoas demonstrated by the common purpose of all three unfinished Great Works GCowas to interpret the harmony found in and among the several media of revelation.

God is a Communicative Being Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards Press Reviews

'The concept of communion is central to Edwards' thought. Believers partaking in the eucharist shadow forth a greater communion of Christ and the church; regeneration is achieving communion with the Holy Spirit; and the very nature of God is communicative. God seeks to communicative Godself to creation and to perceiving being. This unifying factor, William Schweitzer demonstrates in this new appraisal, helps to explain Edwards : his doctrine of God and the Trinity, his theology of revelation, and the harmony of Scripture, nature, and history, all of which informed Edwards' overarching project of elucidating God's sovereign work of redemption.' - Kenneth Minkema, The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, USA. - Kenneth Minkema 'Rigorously researched and lucidly written, this work highlights the unique combination of orthodoxy and originality which characterised the mind of Jonathan Edwards. It is immensely stimulating, and I hope it will prove a seminal work, encouraging further development of the core idea that God by his very nature communicates himself; and in doing so shares not only his knowledge and ideas, but also the love and joy which lie at the heart of his own trinitarian life.' - Donald Macleod, Free Church of Scotland College, UK - Donald Macleod 'This book helpfully uncovers Edwards's attention to harmony as an interpretive key (God's calling card ) to not only his doctrine of God but also providence and redemption. More importantly, it proposes harmony as Edwards's basic apologetic strategy--one that convinces believers and unbelievers of the divine identity, and one that links God's inner nature (Trinitarian harmony) to his communicative efforts in history. These fresh arguments help us see the Edwards corpus from a new perspective by revealing a previously-obscured angle on what Edwards did and why he did it.' - Gerald R. McDermott, Roanoke College, USA - Gerald R. McDermott

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567195227
Publication date: 22nd March 2012
Author: William M. Schweitzer
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Christian theology,

About William M. Schweitzer

Dr. William M. Schweitzer received his PhD from Edinburgh University and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America. He serves as the church planting minister of Gateshead Presbyterian Church in Northern England.

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