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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 Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper

The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper

(p.482) 30 The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Edwards's conception of the sacraments illustrates Calvin's famous doctrine of accommodation—that God accommodates himself to our lowly human capacities by communicating spiritual realities in material signs. But while his doctrine of baptism shows familiar Reformed themes, his theology of the Supper carved out new ground by highlighting divine presence. Rather than focusing primarily on the ratification of the covenantal offer, as was the Puritan tendency, or even fellowship with Christ, as Calvin emphasized, Edwards stressed dramatic presence and union with Christ. For Edwards, Christ acts and speaks in the Supper in ways that make him more present to believers than in any other ecclesial moment on earth.

Keywords:   infant baptism, sacraments, Lord's Supper, covenant, communion, union with Christ

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