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Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756292.001.0001

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The Moral Government of God

The Moral Government of God

Jonathan Edwards and Joseph Bellamy on the Atonement

(p.78) 5 The Moral Government of God
After Jonathan Edwards

Oliver D. Crisp

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the doctrines of atonement found in Edwards’s theology and that of his immediate disciple, Joseph Bellamy, the progenitor of the New Divinity governmental model of atonement. The chapter argues that in developing their own position, the New England theologians did not deviate from Edwardsian theology. Rather, they fused certain elements within a basically Edwardsian scheme, particularly emphasis on the moral government of God in creation, to forge a novel account of the work of Christ. In other words, they innovated within a theological tradition. The resulting account of the work of Christ is worthy of much more serious consideration in the academic literature than it has hitherto enjoyed.

Keywords:   Jonathan Edwards, Joseph Bellamy, penal example, atonement, Edwardsian theology, creation

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