"Emanation and remanation": Trinitarian self-communication as the ground and goal of human participation in God in the thought of Jonathan Edwards

by Tan, Seng-Kong, Ph.D., PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, 2011, 571 pages; 3570401


The motif of procession and return is an overarching thread that runs through Jonathan Edwards' dialectic of divine self-communication and human participation in God. The ontological ground of creation and its fulfillment / redemption is the trinitarian being of God. The generation of the Son and the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father through the Son to the Father are the bases of God's self-giving movement in time to fallen and imperfect creation. Through the descent and ascent of the incarnate Son, human participation in the very existence and operation of God is inaugurated. The history of Jesus Christ as receptivity and response toward God leads to the Church's participation in God through union with Christ. This dialectic is replicated in the saint's passive regeneration and active faith-response which result in one's participation in the benefits of adoption, justification and sanctification. Grace in the saint's life is the accommodation of the Spirit to the limitations of human life to effect a participation in the holy operations of God. The holy life involves the whole person sharing in the life of God that is filial and relational. It is a never-ending growth into the divine life — the End without end — where God comes to indwell the world for His glory and their happiness.

AdvisersSang Hyun Lee; George Hunsinger
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsReligion; Divinity; Theology
Publication Number3570401

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