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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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The Literary Life of Jonathan Edwards

The Literary Life of Jonathan Edwards

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Understanding Jonathan Edwards

Wilson H. Kimnach

Oxford University Press

The chapter describes how the literary biography of Jonathan Edwards shows him living a frontier life on the western edge of the culture and society from which he derived inspiration. His interests as an aspiring author ranged from natural science to philosophical theology, but it was his life in the church that gave him the essential theater in which he developed his thought and expression. His notebooks and published writings chart the evolution of his career through three major phases as he strove to find an appropriate venue for his philosophical and literary talents.

Keywords:   literature, science, philosophical theology, church, preaching, philosophy

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