Mysteries of Government: The Political Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards Jeff Jay Stone

ISBN: 9780996475501

Published: July 21st 2015

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Mysteries of Government: The Political Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards  by  Jeff Jay Stone

Mysteries of Government: The Political Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards by Jeff Jay Stone
July 21st 2015 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780996475501 | 6.14 Mb

In Mysteries of Government: The Political Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards, the author, Jeff Stone, has uncovered Jonathan Edwards’ answers to many of the perennial questions that have driven political philosophers’ quest for truth across the ages.MoreIn Mysteries of Government: The Political Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards, the author, Jeff Stone, has uncovered Jonathan Edwards’ answers to many of the perennial questions that have driven political philosophers’ quest for truth across the ages.Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is widely considered one of Americas greatest intellectuals and Americas most important and original philosophical theologian.

However, few know that Edwards authored an impressive number of deeply important and influential works that quickly became classics. These works show the incredible breadth and ah of Edwards’ thought and why he deserves the accolades that have been bestowed upon him.As a philosophical theologian, Edwards brilliantly employed concepts and methods he took from philosophy to present traditional biblical Christianity and in particular the theology of Calvinism that was under attack in his time.Edwards’ political philosophy, however, remains the least explored part of his thought.

Until now, only one book-length work on the subject has been published: Gerald R. McDermott’s One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards (1992, University of Pennsylvania Press).With Jeff Stone’s Mysteries of Government: The Political Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards, we have the first published book on Edwards’ political views by a scholar who is thoroughly conversant with the great tradition of both ancient and modern political philosophy.

Prof. Stone is deeply read in such ancient political thinkers as Plato and Aristotle as well modern political thinkers such as Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke. He brings this knowledge to bear in his search for Edwards’ political teaching. In the process Prof. Stone makes a brilliant and highly original contribution to Edwards’ scholarship as it pertains to Edwards’ politics views.Prof.

Stone rejects the tendency of current scholarship to stress historical influences upon Edwards. Prof. Stone’s objective is to understand Edwards’ political thought as Edwards understood it himself, and maintains that the political issues he raised as well as the answers he offered transcend the age in which Edwards lived and worked.Again, in this book, Prof.

Stone has uncovered Edwards’ answers to many of the perennial questions that have driven political philosophers’ quest for truth across the ages.• What were Edwards’ views on the possibilities and problems of politics?• Did he believe that men are by nature political animals?• What did he think about the issue of whether humans have a natural inclination to virtue that governments might further foster?• What did Edwards consider the best regime?• Is Edwards’ best regime probable, improbable, or even impossible?• If that political order is either improbable or impossible, what does that imply about whether justice in human societies is obtainable?• Since Edwards believed in God’s absolute providential control of the world and the destiny of men, what does the possible unavailability of justice among men say about the justice of God?The result of Prof.

Stone’s inquiry is a profound contribution to the study of Edwards’ political thought. Mysteries of Government sets a high standard for future scholarly work on the subject.[Taken from Jerry Combees Foreward in Mysteries of Government: The Political Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards]



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