1st Edition

The Ecumenical Edwards
Jonathan Edwards and the Theologians

ISBN 9781138053458
Published March 29, 2017 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

Jonathan Edwards is considered by many to be America’s greatest theologian. Many have lauded him as one of the great theologians in church history. This book brings together major Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant theologians to assess Edwards’s theological acumen. Each chapter places Edwards in conversation with a thinker or a tradition over a specific theological issue.

Table of Contents


Kyle Strobel



1 Seeking Salvation: Jonathan Edwards and Nicholas Cabasilas on Life in Christ

Alexis Torrance

2 Anselm and Edwards on God

Oliver D. Crisp

3 New Science of Sacrifice

Peter J. Leithart

4 Jonathan Edwards: "Discourse on the Trinity"

Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap.

5 Edwards and Luther on Free/Bound Willing

Robert W. Jenson

6 The Beauty of Christ: Edwards and Balthasar on Theological Aesthetics

Kyle Strobel

7 The Sophiology of Jonathan Edwards

David J. Dunn



8 Jonathan Edwards and Thomas Aquinas on Original Sin

Matthew Levering

9 Jonathan Edwards, John Henry Newman, and Karl Barth: Is a Typological View of Reality Legitimate?

Gerald R. McDermott

10 Jonathan Edwards and Alasdair MacIntyre: Interdependence, Community, and Contemporary Virtue Ethics

Elizabeth Agnew Cochran

11 The Erotic Side of Divine Participation: Jonathan Edwards, Gregory of Nyssa, and Origen of Alexandria on Song of Songs 1:1–4

Brandon G. Withrow

12 The Surprising Third Article Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Myk Habets

13 Jonathan Edwards and Wolfhart Pannenberg toward Trinitarian Prayer

Kent Eilers

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Kyle C. Strobel, PhD, University of Aberdeen, is the Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has written Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation (T&T Clark, 2013), Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (IVP, 2013), and Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to His Thought with Oliver Crisp (Eerdmans, forthcoming). He has also edited Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life with Kent Eilers (T&T Clark, 2014) and Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals with Jamin Goggin (IVP Academic, 2013).


'Learned, lively and engaged, the distinguished essays in this collection demonstrate both the scope and depth of Edwards's thought, and its import for a range of Christian theological traditions.' John Webster, University of St Andrews, UK ’The Ecumenical Edwards offers a treasure trove of insights on the relationship of one of the greatest theologians in the Reformed tradition to the grand traditions of Christian theology as represented by Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and other Protestant thinkers. Here is an all-star international ecumenical line-up of analysts who are critical as well as sympathetic in assessing Edwards’s contributions to discussions of some of the most profound theological issues.’ George M. Marsden, University of Notre Dame, USA and author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life ’This volume makes a serious contribution to Edwards studies. It brings together an eminent cast of commentators who tackle a vital range of questions. No one interested in Edwards the theologian can fail to be enriched by these essays. Highly recommended.’ George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA 'All in all, these essays mark an exciting and productive new theological trend. Edwards is joining the ranks of the doctors of the church - and not merely among Protestants. May Strobel’s tribe increase.' Sweeney's Booknotes