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By Avihu Zakai

Avihu Zakai analyzes Jonathan Edwards's redemptive mode of historic inspiration within the context of the Enlightenment. As theologian and thinker, Edwards has lengthy been a towering determine in American highbrow historical past. however, and regardless of Edwards's excessive engagement with the character of time and the that means of historical past, there was no severe try to discover his philosophy of historical past. supplying the 1st such exploration, Zakai considers Edwards's old suggestion as a response, partly, to the forms of Enlightenment historic narratives and their starting to be overlook for theistic considerations.

Zakai analyzes the ideological origins of Edwards's insistence that the method of historical past relies exclusively on God's redemptive task in time as manifested in a chain of revivals all through heritage, interpreting this doctrine as a solution to the hazard posed to the Christian theological teleology of historical past through the early smooth emergence of a mundane notion of historical past and the fashionable legitimation of historic time. in keeping with the Enlightenment refashioning of secular, ancient time and its turning out to be emphasis on human corporation, Edwards strove to re-establish God's preeminence in the order of time. opposed to the de-Christianization of historical past and removing of divine strength from the ancient method, he sought to re-enthrone God because the writer and lord of history--and therefore to re-enchant the old world.

Placing Edwards's old inspiration in its broadest context, this publication should be welcomed through those that research early smooth heritage, American background, or non secular tradition and event in America.

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