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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards$
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Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.001.0001

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The Concept of a History of Redemption

The Concept of a History of Redemption

(p.181) 12 The Concept of a History of Redemption
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

One of Edwards's lifelong governing theological ideas is captured in the phrase “history of redemption.” His writings toward the end of his life suggest that he intended to translate the content of traditional dogmatic theology into historical or narrative form. Interestingly, his notebooks reveal that the anticipated project would have included significant space for cultural developments occurring outside the bounds of Christendom. More specifically, the Miscellanies suggest that individuals may have received direct divine inspiration, that non-Christian religions exhibited foreshadowings of “types” of biblical religion, and that the common truths among the world religions may have been due to traditions passed down by the founders of nations, beginning with Noah's sons.

Keywords:   history, redemption, culture, world religions

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