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One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards Gerald R. McDermott

One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Gerald R. McDermott

Published January 9th 2006
ISBN : 9780271028958
Paperback
216 pages
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Jonathan Edwards (1703 58) was arguably this countrys greatest theologian and its finest philosopher before the nineteenth century. His school if disciples (the New Divinity) exerted enormous influence on the religious and political cultures ofMoreJonathan Edwards (1703 58) was arguably this countrys greatest theologian and its finest philosopher before the nineteenth century. His school if disciples (the New Divinity) exerted enormous influence on the religious and political cultures of late colonial and early republican America. Hence any study of religion and politics in early America must take account of this theologian and his legacy.Yet historians still regard Edwards social theory as either nonexistent or underdeveloped. Gerald McDermott demonstrates, to the contrary, that Edwards was very interested in the social and political affairs of his day, and commented upon them at length in his unpublished sermons and private notebooks. McDermott shows that Edwards thought deeply about New Englands status under God, Americas role in the millennium, the nature and usefulness of patriotism, the duties of a good magistrate, and what it means to be a good citizen. In fact, his sociopolitical theory was at least as fully developed as that of his better-known contemporaries and more progressive in its attitude toward citizens rights.Using unpublished manuscripts that have previously been largely ignored, McDermott also convincingly challenges generations of scholarly opinion about Edwards. The Edwards who emerges from this nook is both less provincial and more this-worldly than the persona he is commonly given.