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Title: 'The wisdom of God in the work of redemption' : soteriological aspects of the theology of Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758
Author: McMullen, Michael David
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1992
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This thesis is a study of the soteriological thought of the American theologian and preacher, Jonathan Edwards. In the first part of the thesis, previous relevant scholarly studies are examined. What becomes apparent is that in the light of the unpublished manuscripts there is still a great amount of research to be done on Edwards' soteriology. This thesis identifies the central core of Edwards' thought to be God's wisdom as it appears in the great plan and work of redemption. Examination is made of the major themes in Edwards' writings with constant reference to parts of the vast corpus of Edwards' unpublished writings which are held at the Beinecke Library, Yale. The main part of the thesis consists of three sections: the need of redemption, the provision of redemption and concluding with the application of redemption. The controversial subjects of Edwards' views on the atonement and the sinner's natural ability to respond to the offer of the Gospel are considered. The picture that emerges from both his published and unpublished works is that of an atonement that was available for all. Christ died for all that all might have an opportunity to be saved. All that do not respond are doubly guilty because they had the natural ability to do so. But it is not a synergistic theology. Clearly there are tensions within his theology, which is why there has been so much controversy about Edwards and his theology. This study works through these tensions as Edwards developed them.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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