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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 Person and Work of Jesus Christ

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Edwards was resolutely Trinitarian in his Christology because his thinking about the Son of God developed from his vision of redemption, which started with the Trinity. While the Western theological tradition had stressed the atonement as a legal transaction, and post-Reformation Protestants had emphasized the juridical and declarative dimensions, Edwards highlighted the aesthetic, rational, and personal aspects of the passion. Unlike his Reformed predecessors, who tended to emphasize the distinctness of the two natures in Christ in a fashion similar to that of the Antiochene Christology, Edwards privileged the divine over the human nature in a manner more like that of the Alexandrians. His rejection of a separate covenant of grace and his teaching that the Spirit and not the Son is the agent of hypostatic union were two more indications that Edwards was his own man, rarely one to follow lock-step behind his Reformed predecessors

Keywords:   Christology, atonement, satisfaction, hypostatic union, covenant, Reformed

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