Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality: The Relationship of God to the World, Redemption History, and the Reprobate

Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality: The Relationship of God to the World, Redemption History, and the Reprobate

by John J. Bombaro

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Overview

Since the publication of Sang Hyun Lee's revolutionary commentary, The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards, scholars have considered the possibilities of understanding Jonathan Edwards's thought in terms of dispositional laws, forces, and habits. While some scholars reject the notion of a dispositional ontology in Edwards, others have taken the concept of disposition in his thought beyond the usage the Northampton minister ever indicated, especially with respect to soteriological considerations. The preacher of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is made to be an inclusivist, if not a crypto-universalist. Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality substantiates that Edwards, in an effort to combat deistic and materialistic Enlightenment paradigms, employs dispositions in his philosophy, but that his radical theocentrism and Calvinistic particularism established its boundaries within his apologetical reconsideration of spatiotemporal and metaphysical reality. Within his "spiritual vision" of reality, Edwards leaves no stone unturned: history and even the reprobate find inherent value and a positive functional role not only in God's program of self-glorification but as manifestations of divine being--the damned are "deformities" in God. The logic of Edwards's theocentric vision of reality pushes his ideas to the limits of acceptable Reformed orthodoxy, and sometimes beyond those limits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630878122
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/19/2011
Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series , #172
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 346
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

John J. Bombaro, PhD, is the Senior Priest at Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego, and a faculty member of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Diego.
John J. Bombaro, PhD, is the Senior Priest at Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego, and a faculty member of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Diego.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xii

Introduction 1

1 Jonathan Edwards's Spiritual Vision of Reality 25

2 A Personal Narrative of the Vision of God 37

3 Comprehensive Theocentricity 53

4 The Formulation of Jonathan Edwards's Theocentric Metaphysics (Part I) 71

5 Divine Comprehensiveness and Edwardsean Panentheism: The Formulation of Jonathan Edwards's Theocentric Metaphysics (Part II) 79

6 The Becomingness of God: The Formulation of Jonathan Edwards's Theocentric Metaphysics (Part III) 94

7 The Application of Jonathan Edwards's Dispositional Concepts 106

8 The Beauty of Being: An Aesthetic Ontology of Human Being 127

9 Re-conceiving Human Being 146

10 God Glorified in Man's Existence 185

11 The First Sin 207

12 Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Salvation 233

13 Dispositional Peculiarity, History and Edwards's Evangelistic Appeal to Self-Love 254

Conclusion 289

Appendix A Panentheistic, but not Process Philosophy 297

Appendix B Sufficient and Efficacious Grace 300

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