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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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Metaphysics

Metaphysics

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(p.102) 7 Metaphysics
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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/9780199791606.003.0007

Unlike for many theologians of the Reformation or Neo-Orthodoxy, philosophy provided Edwards with a means for affirming the transcendent greatness and glory of God. Although difficult to classify, his thought is best described by the term theocentrism; only God's existence is fully realized. Affirming the idea that all events are effects of God's agency and that the creatures are not capable of producing effects on one another, Edwards may be considered an occasionalist. He also stated his own ontological argument by claiming that being as such, rather than some being, must exist necessarily. As a theocentric idealist, Edwards grounded reality in the all-pervasive and all-inclusive mind of God.

Keywords:   philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, idealism, immaterialism, ocassionalism, theocentrism, ontology

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