By Avihu Zakai
Avihu Zakai analyzes Jonathan Edwards's redemptive mode of historic notion within the context of the Enlightenment. As theologian and thinker, Edwards has lengthy been a towering determine in American highbrow background. however, and regardless of Edwards's extreme engagement with the character of time and the which means of background, there was no critical try to discover his philosophy of historical past. delivering the 1st such exploration, Zakai considers Edwards's historic idea as a response, partly, to the different types of Enlightenment old narratives and their turning out to be fail to remember for theistic considerations.
Zakai analyzes the ideological origins of Edwards's insistence that the method of historical past relies completely on God's redemptive task in time as manifested in a chain of revivals all through background, studying this doctrine as a solution to the hazard posed to the Christian theological teleology of historical past by way of the early glossy emergence of an earthly notion of background and the fashionable legitimation of historic time. according to the Enlightenment refashioning of secular, old time and its turning out to be emphasis on human business enterprise, Edwards strove to re-establish God's preeminence in the order of time. opposed to the de-Christianization of heritage and elimination of divine energy from the old approach, he sought to re-enthrone God because the writer and lord of history--and hence to re-enchant the old world.
Placing Edwards's historic proposal in its broadest context, this publication may be welcomed through those that learn early sleek historical past, American historical past, or spiritual tradition and event in America.
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