By Avihu Zakai
Avihu Zakai analyzes Jonathan Edwards's redemptive mode of old notion 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 which means of background, there was no severe try and discover his philosophy of heritage. providing the 1st such exploration, Zakai considers Edwards's old concept as a response, partly, to the kinds of Enlightenment ancient narratives and their growing to be overlook for theistic considerations.
Zakai analyzes the ideological origins of Edwards's insistence that the method of heritage relies exclusively 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 possibility posed to the Christian theological teleology of historical past by means of the early glossy emergence of an earthly perception of heritage and the fashionable legitimation of historic time. in accordance with the Enlightenment refashioning of secular, old time and its becoming emphasis on human supplier, Edwards strove to re-establish God's preeminence in the order of time. opposed to the de-Christianization of historical past and removing of divine strength from the old method, he sought to re-enthrone God because the writer and lord of history--and therefore to re-enchant the old world.
Placing Edwards's ancient suggestion in its broadest context, this e-book should be welcomed via those that examine early sleek background, American historical past, or spiritual 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