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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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Edwards's Calvinism and Theology of the Covenants

Edwards's Calvinism and Theology of the Covenants

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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Edwards was a Calvinist but not of the sort Perry Miller imagined. He spent the better part of his career defending Calvinist positions, but doing so creatively and not slavishly. Contrary to what most Edwards scholars thought in the mid-twentieth century, Edwards embraced covenantal theology—not only the covenants of works, grace, and redemption but also the church and national covenants. The chapter concludes by looking at Edwards's understandings of divine decrees, perhaps the most contested of Calvinist doctrines. It finds that Edwards rejected supra-lapsarianism but found many high Calvinist conceptions to be compelling and rational.

Keywords:   Calvin, Calvinism, covenant, Perry Miller, grace, works, redemption, divine decrees, supralapsarianism, infralapsarianism

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