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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 V: Edwards and Contemporary Theology

Interpretations V: Edwards and Contemporary Theology

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(p.709) 44 Interpretations V: Edwards and Contemporary Theology
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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards
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Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0044

As Edwards's work is becoming better known, more contemporary theologians are beginning to use parts of his theological project to assist their own. Some, such as H. Richard Niebuhr in the mid-twentieth century, are indebted to Edwards for their overall theological vision. The same is true of pastor-scholar John Piper. This chapter highlights a few of the major areas in which Edwards has influenced contemporary theology. While his theocentrism and historical approach to theology have had far-ranging impact, his work continues to inspire ethics and aesthetics—or more specifically, aesthetic theology. As in the past, Edwards's imprint is still on a range of spiritual theologies and spiritualities, and Edwardsean influence is growing in theology of the religions and public theology—two dimensions of Edwards's thinking that have been explored only recently.

Keywords:   H. Richard Niebuhr, John Piper, theocentrism, ethics, aesthetics, theology of the religions, public theology

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