The saints in heaven as spectators of providence: Edwards and the tradition

Journal for the History of Reformed Pietism

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Title The saints in heaven as spectators of providence: Edwards and the tradition
Creator McDermott, Gerald
Subject Early Modern History
Early Modern History
Description What goes on in the intermediate state between death and the final judgment is one of the mysteries of Scripture.  Catholics have traditionally been willing to say far more than have Protestants.  John Calvin, for example, was notoriously circumspect.  “It is neither lawful nor expedient to inquire too curiously concerning our soul’s intermediate state,” Calvin warns in the Institutes. These are “unknown matters” and beyond what “God permits us to know.”[1]  Scripture, he tells us, goes no further than to say that “Christ is present with [the saints] and receives them into paradise” to give them “consolation” after their suffering and labor on earth. “What teacher or master,” Calvin asked, [would be so presumptuous as to] “reveal to us that which God has concealed?”[2]  The answer to his question is Jonathan Edwards.[1] John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, ed. John T. McNeill (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960), 997.[2] Ibid.
Publisher Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University
Date 2020-10-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Online Journal; Vol 10, No 2 (2020): Special Issue; 193-201
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Online Journal

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