Category Archives: American Theology

Review: Jonathan Edwards, evangelist

The overall scope of the book is Edwards’ take on the ordo salutis, but Gerstner focuses on Edwards’ view of the unregenerate’s seeking salvation.   Throughout the text the reader recognizes quips from old John Gerstner sermons.  Indeed, one can hear … Continue reading

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Analytical Outline of Freedom of the Will

Terminology: Will: that by which the mind chooses anything (1.1). Act of will: act of choosing.  JE identifies volition with the prevailing act of the soul; what other writers call “voluntary.” Determined: under some influence to a fixed object. Thesis: … Continue reading

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Edwards, Freedom of Will Part 3

Part III: Is Liberty inconsistent with moral excellency? The Arminian objects that anything that is necessary cannot be morally praiseworthy. God’s nature and moral excellency are necessary but that doesn’t preclude His being praiseworthy. Indeed, it is commanded. On the … Continue reading

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Edwards, Freedom of Will Part Two

“Part” corresponds more or less to chapter.  The outline headings are Edwards’ own sections.  The subheadings are major quotations or summaries. Part 2: Is there a such thing as Arminian Liberty? Inconsistency If the Will determines all its free acts, … Continue reading

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Outline of Edwards on Freedom of Will, part 1

Terminology: Will: that by which the mind chooses anything (1.1). Act of will: act of choosing.  JE identifies volition with the prevailing act of the soul; what other writers call “voluntary.” Determined: under some influence to a fixed object. Thesis: … Continue reading

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Analytical Outline of American Augustinian

While the title appears to limit the book’s scope, this treatise is nothing less than a masterpiece in explaining key loci in Reformed theology.  Oliver Crisp outlines how William G.T. Shedd’s “Augustinian Realism” shapes his theology–and he makes us love … Continue reading

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Review: The Logic of God Incarnate

by Thomas Morris. This is an incredible primer in analytic theology. Not the first intro text to be sure (that would be McCall), but indispensable nonetheless. Does the claim “Jesus is God the Son” introduce incoherence into the Incarnation? Morris … Continue reading

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