Jonathan Edwards’ Precocious Childhood, Oedipal Conflict, Mid-Life Identity Crisis, and Old Age Radicalization: Psychological Factors Shaping the Development of His Theology

This book is the first attempt to understand Edwards’ thought through the developmental stages of his life: his conflict with his father figure, his creation of a new identity for himself at middle age, and his old age radicalization. This is the first book written on the historical development of Edwards’ thought.


“The interpretative method that this author employs helps us to see many new facets of Edwards’ that previous authors have overlooked. Though many will disagree with his conclusions, the author of this book has raised many questions that future scholars must now deal with.”
-Professor Richard Hall,
The Jonathan Edwards Society,
Fayetteville State University

Table of Contents

Part One:
Chapter 1: Jonathan Edwards’ Idea of America
Chapter 2: Edwards’ Idea of Creation
Chapter 3: Edwards’ Idea of Redemption
Chapter 4: Edwards’ New Interpretation of Christ
Chapter 5: Edwards’ Theory of Preaching
Chapter 6: Edwards’ Post -Millennialism
Part Two:
Chapter 7: The Problem of Edwards Interpretation
Chapter 8; Edwards’ Mid-life Crisis
Chapter 9: The Great Fight About the Qualifications for Communion
Chapter 10: Edwards’ New Idea of the Church
Part Three:
Chapter 11: Resolving Edwards’ Oedipal Problem
Chapter 12: Edwards’ New Identity
Chapter 13: Edwards’ Notes on the mind
Chapter 14: Edwards’ Experience of Friendship
Chapter 15: The Young Pastor
Part Four:
Chapter 16: Edwards’ Final Writings
Chapter 17: The Nature of True Virtue
Chapter 18; On Freedom and Science
Chapter 19; On Original Sin
Chapter 20; The New Humanity
Part Five:
Chapter 21: Americans are a New Human Race