By Avihu Zakai
Avihu Zakai analyzes Jonathan Edwards's redemptive mode of ancient idea within the context of the Enlightenment. As theologian and thinker, Edwards has lengthy been a towering determine in American highbrow historical past. however, and regardless of Edwards's severe engagement with the character of time and the that means of heritage, there was no severe try and discover his philosophy of heritage. providing the 1st such exploration, Zakai considers Edwards's historic inspiration as a response, partially, to the sorts of Enlightenment historic 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 heritage relies completely on God's redemptive job in time as manifested in a sequence of revivals all through heritage, analyzing this doctrine as a solution to the risk posed to the Christian theological teleology of heritage by way of the early smooth emergence of an earthly perception of background and the fashionable legitimation of old time. in line with the Enlightenment refashioning of secular, old time and its starting to be emphasis on human supplier, Edwards strove to re-establish God's preeminence in the order of time. opposed to the de-Christianization of background and removing of divine strength from the historic method, he sought to re-enthrone God because the writer and lord of history--and hence to re-enchant the historic world.
Placing Edwards's historic notion in its broadest context, this publication may be welcomed through those that examine early sleek background, American heritage, or non secular tradition and event in America.
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Jonathan Edwards's Philosophy of History: The Reenchantment of the World in the Age of Enlightenment by Avihu Zakai