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The Supreme Harmony of All
The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards
POD; Published: 6/13/2002
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4984-7
Price: $ 24.50
206 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Gerald R. McDermott
"Learned and gracefully written. This work is the first synthetic book-length account of Edwards's trinitarianism, and it enables the new trinitarian conversation in theology to profit from the vision of 'America's theologian.' Pauw successfully argues that on the Trinity Edwards was something of a maverick, bursting the bounds of Reformed convention, and that his deliberations could play a constructive role in today's debates on God-language, the meaning of trinitarian persons, and the relation between inner divine life and ordinary Christian life. She also demonstrates that Edwards's construal of the Trinity helps provide coherence to a thinker of remarkably disparate philosophical and theological interests."
William C. Placher
"As the doctrine of the Trinity takes its place increasingly in the center of contemporary theological discussion, this book is a real gift. With clarity, grace, and great learning, Pauw shows the importance of the Trinity in the thought of America's greatest theologian."
Stephen R. Holmes
"A book-length examination of the complex trinitarian thought of Jonathan Edwards has long been needed, and here is one of high quality. I particularly welcome the attention that Amy Plantinga Pauw pays to Edwards's intellectual context and to the interaction between his theological speculations and the exercise of his pastoral ministry. At every turn there are suggestions as to how Edwards's thought might impact on theology and Christian practice in our own day. This is not just a readable and penetrating account of Edwards's theology; it is also an example of practical and relevant theological work, theology as Edwards himself thought it should be done."
Kenneth P. Minkema
"This book constitutes the fullest treatment of Jonathan Edwards on the Trinity in perhaps a century. While Edwards's trinitarianism and theocentrism have recently become topics of interest, this is really the first systematic, comprehensive study of Edwards's trinitarian thought, using both historical and constructive perspectives. Pauw situates Edwards within his Reformed and Puritan tradition, identifies controversies over the Trinity in his own time, and points to Edwards as a resource for contemporary theology."
Harry S. Stout
"Amy Plantinga Pauw is one of the leading young theologians in America today. As this work on Jonathan Edwards's doctrine of the Trinity confirms, she is also one of the leading historians. In the new generation of scholarship focusing on the unpublished Edwards, this book stands as one of the crown jewels of achievement. From careful study of Edwards's sermons and philosophical notebooks, Pauw demonstrates the lifelong interest Edwards had in the doctrine of the Trinity and the central role his trinitarian interests played not only in his philosophy but also in his personal Christian life and work. The result is a profound and beautifully written presentation of the thought and legacy of Edwards. Historians no less than theologians and philosophers will need to consult this pathbreaking analysis, which sets the standard for decades to come"
Bibliotheca Sacra
"Broadly researched and carefully written, Pauw's excellent work fills a significant gap. . . As a glimpse into the theology of one of America's greatest thinkers, Pauw's work is valuable and highly recommended. Since this is the only book-length treatment of the central Christian doctrine in the life and thought of this great thinker, it is important reading not only for scholars of Edwards but for all students of the history of theology."