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After Jonathan EdwardsThe Courses of the New England Theology$
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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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Nathanael Emmons and the Decline of Edwardsian Theology

Nathanael Emmons and the Decline of Edwardsian Theology

(p.118) 8 Nathanael Emmons and the Decline of Edwardsian Theology
After Jonathan Edwards

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Nathanael Emmons is one of the most peculiar but influential theologians of the New England Theology. He declared that God would be judged on the Day of Judgment, and that God loves Lucifer as much today as before the Fall. Although his influence on abolitionism and democratic liberalism is important to American social and political history, this chapter focuses on his eccentric theology. It shows how this tobacco-chewing thinker, “the most extraordinary specimen of the Calvinist personality ever developed in the historic seedbed” (Henry F. May), used a radically individualist hermeneutic that would eventually undermine the Calvinism of his tradition.

Keywords:   Nathanael Emmons, New England Theology, Jonathan Edwards, Calvinism, Day of Judgment, Henry F. May

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