Jonathan Edwards and Evolution – Part 1 and 2

Becoming Divine: Jonathan Edwards's Incarnational Spirituality within the Christian TraditionBecoming Divine: Jonathan Edwards’s Incarnational Spirituality within the Christian Tradition (Cascade, 2011)

This week I’m guest blogging at Peter Enns’ Patheos blog, Rethinking Biblical Christianity. It is a two-part series based on my new book, Becoming Divine: Jonathan Edwards’s Incarnational Spirituality within the Christian Tradition, in which I follow a strand of thought in Edwards’s view of the Bible as a book written in a culture, time, and place. Part two will be up on Thursday.

Jonathan Edwards was one of the most important voices in the formation of evangelicalism in the 18th century. The famous revivalist and preacher of the First Great Awakening in New England—often best known for his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”—Edwards is consulted by many Evangelicals today as a source for theological insight.

There is a thread of Edwards’s thought that I’d like to unravel for this blog and it involves what I see as an incarnational analogy for Scripture. I will explain in this post what this means. In my next post I will show how this idea of an 18th century theologian can, and should, help to ease current Evangelical resistance to what science tells us about human origins.

I also wish to add one caveat: I am an historian and not a theologian. And while I do not see history as a theological enterprise, I would be remiss if I did not bring to the attention of my Evangelical friends some interesting, and relevant, intellectual artifacts that could help change the current discourse between religion and science. Continue reading the full post at Rethinking Biblical Christianity…

Update: Part 2 is also now up here.