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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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Interpretations IV: Edwards and the Catholic and Orthodox Traditions

Interpretations IV: Edwards and the Catholic and Orthodox Traditions

(p.695) 43 Interpretations IV: Edwards and the Catholic and Orthodox Traditions
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Although Edwards was a Calvinist and a Puritan, he had more in common with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy than one might expect. Similar to a number of Catholic theologians, discernment was an important theme throughout his writings. Likewise, the role of obedience as a “condition” in justification as well as metaphysical reflection on God as “being” bear some resemblance to the Catholic tradition. The role of beauty in his theology resonates with the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The same can be said of his Trinitarian metaphysics and adherence to divinization.

Keywords:   Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, discernment, justification, metaphysics, Trinity, beauty, divinization, deification

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