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Understanding Jonathan EdwardsAn Introduction to America's Theologian$
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Gerald R. McDermott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373431

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373431.001.0001

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Edwards and Beauty

Edwards and Beauty

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Understanding Jonathan Edwards

Sang Hyun Lee

Oxford University Press

The chapter argues that for Edwards, beauty is proportion or consent, and God’s consent or love within God’s own internal being is the highest and true beauty. God created the world in order to repeat God’s internal beauty in time and space. The sanctified human mind’s imaginative activity of ordering beautiful sense ideas in a beautiful relation, and the mind’s delight in that beautiful relation, together constitute the mind’s knowing and loving of beauty, or what Edwards calls the “sense of the heart.” In and through the saints’ knowing and loving God’s beauty and the beauty of other beings in relation to it, God’s internal being is repeated in time and space, and God’s beauty enlarged and extended.

Keywords:   beauty, aesthetics, imagination, God’s enlargement

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