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Author McDermott, Gerald R. (Gerald Robert)

Title Jonathan Edwards confronts the gods : Christian theology, Enlightenment religion, and non-Christian faiths / Gerald R. McDermott.

Imprint New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 245 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-240) and index.
Contents Deists and the scandal of particularity -- Edwards's war against Enlightenment religion -- Our noblest faculty : the promise and limits of reason in religion -- Signatures of divine majesty : the reason and mystery of revelation -- Trickle-down revelation and religious entropy : the nature and history of religion -- Parables in all nations : typology and the religions -- A possibility of reconciliation : salvation and the "heathen" -- Judaism : a light among the nations -- Islam : the left arm of Antichrist -- Greece and Rome : very noble and almost divine truths -- American Indians : the devil sucks their blood -- The Chinese philosophers : shadows of the Trinity.
Summary It has long been thought that Edwards's polemical arguments were aimed against Arminianism - a doctrine that denied the Calvinist idea of predestination. In this book, Gerald McDermott shows that Edwards's real target was a larger and more influential one, namely deism - the belief in a creator God who does not intervene in His Creation. To Edwards's mind, deism was the logical conclusion of most, if not all, schemes of divinity that appropriated Enlightenment tenets. McDermott argues that Edwards was an inclusivist who came to realize that salvation was open to peoples beyond the hearing of the Christian gospel.
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Subject Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758 -- Contributions in relations of Christianity and other religions.
Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758 -- Contributions in theology of revelation.
Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758.
Apologetics -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Deism -- History -- 18th century.
Christianity and other religions -- 18th century.
Revelation -- History of doctrines -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: McDermott, Gerald R. (Gerald Robert). Jonathan Edwards confronts the gods. New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000 (DLC) 99026834
ISBN 142940485X (electronic bk.)
9781429404853 (electronic bk.)
9780195351002 (electronic bk.)
0195351002 (electronic bk.)
0195132742 (Cloth)