Virtue Reformed

Virtue Reformed : Rereading Jonathan Edwards's Ethics

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Much of the previous fifty years of scholarship on Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) has circumscribed his ethical thought either within narrow interpretations of Calvinist theology or the philosophy of the "moral sense." The mutually exclusive nature of each perspective has distorted the importance Edwards granted human abilities in the salvation process and the demanding moral standards he thought were uniquely defining of Christians. Building on new interest in Protestant scholasticism, Puritan "precisionism," and virtue ethics, Virtue Reformed recalibrates the scholarly stalemate with a comprehensive rereading of both major published treatises and lesser-known discourses. The result is a fresh portrait of a fascinating eighteenth-century figure's struggle to be both a forwarder of the Reformation and a participant in the Enlightenment.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 406 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 903g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • New
  • 9004143009
  • 9789004143005
  • 3,096,055

Table of contents


Introduction: Re-reading Edwards's Ethics

1. The Ubiquity of the Practical Syllogism
2. The Holy Spirit's Tenancy Expanded
3. The Integrity of Secondary Causes
4. Habituation and the Will's Limited Freedom
5. Complicating Perseverance
6. Church Community as Providential and Prudential


Works Cited
Index of Names
Subject Index
Index of Biblical Studies
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About Stephen A. Wilson

Stephen A. Wilson, Ph.D. (1999) in Religious Studies, Stanford University, is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Hood College. He recently co-edited and contributed to a focus volume of the Journal of Religious Ethics (2003) on the ethics of Jonathan Edwards.
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