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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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Conclusion: Edwards’s Relevance Today

Conclusion: Edwards’s Relevance Today

(p.201) Conclusion: Edwards’s Relevance Today
Understanding Jonathan Edwards

Gerald R. McDermott (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses Edwards’s relevance to issues today. It argues that Chapter 3 on revival calls into question some of the church’s strategies for growth today; Chapter 11 on literature demonstrates an alternative to much contemporary preaching; Chapter 15 on world religions suggests other ways of thinking about rival faiths. This chapter also argues that Edwards was neither fundamentalist nor liberal, and explores how his thought contributes to thinking about conversion and spiritual formation, the history of missions; renewal in church and society; the Reformed tradition; ethics and community; politics, pluralism and religious violence.

Keywords:   preaching, church growth, world religions, fundamentalist, liberal, missions, conversion, spiritual formation, Reformed tradition, ethics, politics, pluralism, religious violence

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