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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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God as Trinity

God as Trinity

father, son, and holy spirit

(p.193) 13 God as Trinity
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

The Trinity was central to Edwards's theology. More than most early modern Christian thinkers, Edwards delineated distinct roles for each of the three divine Persons. He departed from the Western Trinitarian tradition by rejecting its emphasis on divine simplicity and by starting with threeness rather than oneness. He also placed more emphasis on the Holy Spirit and put a new spin on the way the moral life relates to the Trinity by recasting moral life as divinization or theosis. Edwards provided resources for what could play something of a mediating role in the filioque debate between East and West. For him, Trinitarian doctrine was not for mere speculation but for the enjoyment and enrichment of God's people in the church.

Keywords:   Trinity, divine persons, roles, simplicity, theosis, divinization, filioque

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