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Jonathan Edwards and the Life of God: Toward an Evangelical Theology of Participation
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Jonathan Edwards and the Life of God: Toward an Evangelical Theology of Participation

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Fortress Press 2015

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Overview

Jonathan Edwards and the Life of God retrieves Edwards’ theology of participation, elucidating the concept of theosis in his Trinitarian theology. This volume brings Edwards’ rich theological work into conversation with the patristic and Reformed traditions (Calvin and especially, Barth), in order to form a more hopeful, liberating, and human version of Christian life. Author Ross Hastings emphasizes that participation leads into the “beyond” of the beatific vision—the glory of God, which is the hope that motivates the Christian life.

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Key Features

  • Explores Jonathan Edwards’ theology of participation in the life of God
  • Exposits and analyzes Edwards’ Trinitarian theology
  • Brings Edwards’ thought into discussion with the broader patristic and Reformed traditions

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Journey of Contemplative, Communal Intimacy towards Becoming Fully Human Persons in Christ
  • A Journey into the Union of the Trinity
  • A Journey Yet Deeper into the Union of the Trinity
  • Journey into the Bond of the Trinity: The Spirit in the Trinity
  • Journey from Heaven to Earth: The Spirit Honored in the Incarnation of Christ
  • Journey of Human Participation in God: The Spirit Honored in the Union of the Saints with God
  • Participation in the Spirit in Justification for Sanctification or for Justification and Sanctification?
  • Journey with Assurance? The Spirit Honored in the Assurance of Salvation in Believers
  • Journey of Contemplative, Communal Intimacy towards Becoming Fully Human Persons in Christ
  • Bibliography

Praise for the Print Edition

While deeply appreciative of Edwards’s Spirit-centered understanding of union with God, Hastings is not afraid to enter into probing dialogue with the eighteenth-century pastor-theologian. The result is a solid, Barthian defense of humanity’s deifying union with God, as well as a warm-hearted invitation for the reader to join a pilgrimage into the contemplation of the love of Father, Son, and Spirit.

Hans Boersma, J.I. Packer Chair of Theology, Regent College

This book is an invitation to travel with Jonathan Edwards on a journey of discovery concerning humanity’s ultimate destiny toward our full humanity in communion with the triune God. . . . Like Edwards, Hastings is a pastor-theologian, who helps his readers to get beyond abstract theologies of forensic justification that result in mere ‘sin-management’ to the relational heart of the good news: the invitation to become transformed into Christlikeness by being drawn into the life of God Himself. This book is an important contribution to the ongoing effort to reinterpret Protestant theology in light of the greater Christian tradition.

Jens Zimmermann, Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture, Trinity Western University

This lengthy contribution to the Edwardsian production-line of our day covers a wider waterfront. Hastings mines Edwards on the Trinity and incarnation, the Holy Spirit, justification and sanctification, and the structure and temper of the Christian life, exploring how he positioned himself within the Reformed tradition that he aimed to present. Hastings has today’s multiple Edwardsian debates at his fingertips; he also brings in Karl Barth to help in his assessments, with illuminating results. The book yields a uniquely comprehensive overview, and is very instructive to work through.

J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

One of the most interesting developments in recent constructive theology has been the way in which Protestant thinkers have sought to retrieve accounts of human participation in the life of God from historic theologians. . . . Ross Hastings takes Edwards’s thought and examines it in light of other accounts of participation, from the Cappadocians to Barth, showing how this leitmotif fits with other key aspects of Edwardsian theology, such as the Trinity, incarnation, pneumatology, and the order of salvation.

Oliver D. Crisp, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

This carefully researched and scholarly volume is arguably the most sophisticated exposition and assessment of Edwards's doctrine of the Trinity to date. . . . This immensely significant monograph should be required reading not only for those interested in North America’s greatest theologian but for academics and students alike who are concerned to think through not only the foundational place of the doctrine of the Trinity in the interpretation of every facet of Christian faith but also its pastoral implications.

Alan Torrance, professor of systematic theology, School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews

Product Details

  • Title: Jonathan Edwards and the Life of God: Towards an Evangelical Theology of Participation
  • Author: W. Ross Hastings
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 448
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Theology

About W. Ross Hastings

W. Ross Hastings is associate professor of pastoral theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. He earned his PhD in theology from University of St. Andrews and a PhD in organometallic chemistry from Queen's University, Kingston. He is the author of Missional God, Missional Church: Hope for Re-evangelizing the West, as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Systematic Theology and Scottish Journal of Theology.

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