Jonathan Edwards on the Experience of Beauty
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"More and more Christian theologians are beginning to recognize that Jonathan Edwards was not only America's premier theologian but also the thinker who did more than anyone else in the history of Christian thought to relate God and beauty in an integral fashion. Louis Mitchell shows that at the center of Edwards's vaunted 'sense of the heart' was an infusion of God's beauty. Because of its fresh approach and elegant execution, this book should be required reading for all students of Edwards, aesthetics, and religious experience."
Beeson Divinity School
"In this concise study, Louis Mitchell makes clear that beauty is a central category for Jonathan Edwards' theology, and indeed that Edwards was among the very first western Christian theologians to place beauty at the center of his thought. Even more, Mitchell shows how Edwards used the concept of beauty as a means to describe true religious experience. Readers of Edwards and of early modern philosophical theology can be thankful that this formative essay, which has long been difficult to access, is now readily available."
The Jonathan Edwards Center,
"Both elegant and insightful, this study of aesthetics in Edwards' theology enables us to grasp the role of beauty in Edwards' understanding of human experience. This work contains a definitive introduction to the field and illuminating expositions of particular areas of thought. The section on the person and work of Christ is deeply suggestive, and the articulation of religious experience opens up Edwards' work to the uninitiated reader. This volume remains required reading for those wrestling with the depth and breadth of Edwards' thought."
Michael McClenahan, The BibleMesh Institute; author of Jonathan Edwards and Justification by Faith.