10 January 2012

Edwards' God

In Northampton, God was jealous, arbitrary, vindictive, and absolute. . . . he preached guilt, damnation, and salvation, and by 1734 began to see an effect . . .
--Larry Witham, on Jonathan Edwards' pastoral ministry in Northampton, Mass., in A City Upon a Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History (HarperOne, 2007), 48

This man does not know Jonathan Edwards.

Divine wrath does not proportionally reveal Edwards' theology any more than you walking in on me spanking my kid proportionally reveals the full range of my sentiments toward my son.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


McClymond and McDermott: “One might interpret the whole of Edwards's theology as the gradual, complex outworking of a vision of God's beauty.”