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  • Jonathan Edwards On “Covenant” (pt. 2)

    from John Gerstner Nov 25, 2008 Category: Articles

    De Jong in his Covenant Idea made a mountain out of Miller's relative mole hill. He found Edwards to be the chief underminer of New England covenant theology. The broad structure of his book and Jonathan Edwards' place in it can be seen in the table of contents: Keep Reading
  • Jonathan Edwards On “Covenant” (pt. 1)

    from John Gerstner Nov 24, 2008 Category: Articles

    When the term "covenant" is used, the general educated reader needs to be told its religious meaning. The general reader, somewhat literate on matters religious and Christian, will likely think of the "covenant of grace", which he will likely associate generally with Protestantism, and he may know it is especially associated with Calvinism and Puritanism. Keep Reading
  • God’s Providence: A Two-edged Sword (pt. 3)

    from John Gerstner Jun 08, 2008 Category: Articles

    The "rough hew" needs explanation. If the poet means "sin as we please," if he suggests that a positive providence comes about irrespective of our behavior, if things are going to work out well although we always behave badly--then he errs in the opposite direction. Just as there is no destiny that shapes our ends rough, hew them how we may, neither is there any destiny which shapes our ends well, hew them how we may. The shaping and the hewing are integrally related. God shapes as we hew; we hew as God shapes. So, then, the definition of positive providence is: The divine appointment of good and beneficial events, but not apart from (rather, through) the willing determinations of men. Keep Reading

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