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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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(p.566) 35 Eschatology
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Eschatology is the modern word for the destiny of human beings and the whole created order. Edwards never used that word, but he was one of the most eschatological thinkers in the history of Protestantism. All of his thought was eschatological in the sense of conceiving of all history being drawn toward the end. This chapter begins with the question of personal destinies, focusing on hell (since heaven is treated separately in ch. 19), and then sketches his vision for the future of the cosmos in the “glorious work of God's Spirit,” the millennium, and the new heavens and new earth.

Keywords:   eschatology, hell, new heavens, new earth, judgment, millennium

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