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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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Heaven Is a World of Love

Heaven Is a World of Love

(p.295) 19 Heaven Is a World of Love
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

For Edwards, heaven was a “world of love,” a progressive state in which the saints and the angels advance in knowledge, holiness, and happiness. His understanding of heaven included both theocentric and anthropocentric aspects. For Edwards, heaven belongs to God; it is the created dwelling place of the uncreated God. At the same time, joy and delight will flourish in heaven between creatures, including special affections between those attached to one another in their earthly life. Those saints already in heaven are privileged spectators watching the work of redemption continue to unfold. As such, their present condition is not final or ultimate, but will continue to progress. In fact, the holiness and happiness of all the saints will progress throughout all of eternity.

Keywords:   heaven, saints, progress, redemption, love, joy, happiness, glory

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