An analysis of the doctrine of seeking in Jonathan Edwards's conversion theology as revealed through representative Northampton sermons and treatises
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Edwards, Jonathan,--1703-1758--Contributions in doctrine of salvation.
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This dissertation examines Jonathan Edwards's doctrine of seeking in light of his conversion theology, using specifically the sermons and writings of his days in Northampton, Massachusetts. Chapter 1 presents Edwards's definition and understanding of conversion theology and seeking. It offers a few examples of sermons which address conversion theology and seeking. Chapter 2 provides a biography of Edwards. In order for one to understand the development of his theology, especially his conversion theology, an examination of Edwards's own conversion, life, ministry, failures, and successes will prove helpful. Chapter 3 presents the development of the hermeneutical model of Edwards. It examines both Puritan methodology and Edwards's subsequent hermeneutical process. Chapter 4 gives an overview of Edwards's homiletics and preaching style. The chapter examines his particular concepts of preaching and the means by which he connected proper exegesis with his conversion theology and seeking. Chapter 5 moves into a look at the specifics of Edwards's conversion theology. By examining the breadth of his theology, one can discover how each part related to the other. Chapter 6 offers an in-depth study of the specific sermons that address the issues of conversion theology, seeking, God's sovereignty, and humanity's responsibility. The sermons examine how Edwards used seeking in the message and how he appealed to his congregation to follow the call of God. Chapter 7 concludes the dissertation with final thoughts and how further study on the subject of seeking might be conducted.