For Edwards, “the emotions are one and the same with whatever is meant by the will.” This is something that Edwards’ enemies could not understand. …[T]o the Davenports, emotions are irresistible seizures, like love in popular balladry, and man is their victim; to the Chauncys, emotion is something to be measured out in judicious quantities … More JONATHAN EDWARDS-Part III: THE SENSE OF BEAUTY
Perry Miller qualifies his seeming dismissal of Edwards’ ability as a logician: “…Freedom of the Will is the cornerstone of Edwards’ fame; it is his most sustained intellectual achievement, the most powerful piece of sheer forensic argumentation in American literature. [The book] “is considered by logicians one of the few proofs in which the conclusion … More JONATHAN EDWARDS–PART II: THE PROBLEM OF EVIL SOLVED!
IN HIS 1949 BIOGRAPHY of Jonathan Edwards (republished in 2005 as a University of Nebraska Press Bison paperback edition), Miller went as far as to claim: “He was one of America’s five or six major artists, who happened to work with ideas instead of with poems or novels. He was much more a psychologist and … More JONATHAN EDWARDS’S LEGACY
Sorry I’m late today with the post but have been listening to Mueller’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence committees regarding his report on the investigation into Russian involvement in the Trump election of 2016. On the basis of today’s testimony, the American Electorate is obliged to see that Donald Trump does not … More AMERICAN VISION: THE BETRAYAL OF POSTERITY
Our Puritan Heritage AMERICA GOT its original conception of God from those English Puritans who in 1630 deliberately left the Old World to establish an ecclesiastical polity in the wilderness of North America. By the standards of their day, the Puritans were robustly secular (which did not prevent them from taking their religious faith seriously). … More WHAT AMERICANS MEAN BY “GOD”
I suppose most Americans subscribe to the belief that every new technology serves to expand or enhance their free will and therefore their freedom—at best a questionable assumption. But the eighteenth-century liberal humanism its proponents called “free and catholick” contained a covert hubris, Perry Miller argues in his biography of Jonathan Edwards: by implying that … More AMERICA’S SACRED HUCKSTER IDEOLOGY
Where do your morals come from — your family? Your faith? Your philosophical worldview? How do you deal with those who don’t share them, or derive them from a different source? My answer: Family, friends, education, life EXPERIENCE! All help to shape our moral awareness. “If justification meant a reward at the end of a … More Morality Play