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

Jonathan Edwards’s Achievements – Part One

If Roger Williams framed the parameters of our cultural conundrum concerning religious and intellectual freedom, Jonathan Edwards posed one of the central problems confronting our civilization: the conflict between egalitarian public welfare and utilitarian commercial expansion. It should not surprise us that this conflict, couched in terms of Christian morality, signaled a rift in both … More Jonathan Edwards’s Achievements – Part One