A Great and Remarkable Analogy

The Onto-Typology of Jonathan Edwards
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (Verlag)
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Edwards proposed that natural types in all of creation served as a communication or language of God, pointing to the antitypes of divine truths. These types are shown to exist all the way down to the cellular and molecular levels of nature. We explore how natural types are not mere poetical assignments of Christian themes onto nature. Rather, these types are ontologically real, in that they eternally existed in the mind of God with intent to communicate divine things to the creature. Thus, we call these natural types onto-types to reflect their ontological significance theologically and spiritually. In Edwards' scheme, this was an important part of God's end in creating. Emerging out of Edwards' comprehensive metaphysics of creation is a portrayal of God's commitment to emanate knowledge of the divine Self into the creation. God's Being is not emanated, resulting in a creation, rather the knowledge and glory of God are emanated into the creation serving to communicate messages of the divine to the creature out of infinite love and faithfulness. Edwards expounded a two-fold method where revelation of this language of nature can be experienced by direct engagement with the beauty in nature and in the study of science and its mechanisms. God's action in revealing takes the form of willing the creation into being, communicating analogically through onto-types in the physical world, and revealing such knowledge to the creature. In this way, all of nature is the triune God acting: the Father willing into being, Christ communicating, and the Spirit revealing. God's Trinitarian beauty and magnificent glory are not merely displayed by what has been made, but is intimately shared and delighted in. This, in Edwards' view, is God's ultimate end in creating.

Rev. Dr. Lisanne Winslow ist Professor of Biology and Professor of Theology at the University of Northwestern-St Paul.
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  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Acknowledgements
  • Table of Contents
  • Body
  • Tables, Graphs and Figures
  • Works of Jonathan Edwards Cited from the Yale Editions
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Book Summary
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One. Edwards as a Natural Theologian
  • Chapter Two. Emanation of the Knowledge and Glory of God into the Creation in Dissertation I: Concerning the End for Which God Created the World
  • Chapter Three. Edwards' Creation Metaphysics Undergirds Natural Typology: Idealism, Panentheism, Occasionalism, and Continuous Creationism
  • Chapter Four. All Natural Types and Antitypes are Ontologically Real: Introducing Edwards' Onto-Typology
  • Chapter Five. The Language of Nature Explored as Analogical
  • Chapter Six. A Method for Discerning Natural Onto-Types as the Analogical Language of Nature
  • Chapter Seven. Setting It Straight with Terms: Type, Antitype, Analogy, Trope, Emblem, Symbol, Copy, Ectype, Archetype
  • Chapter Eight. Jonathan Edwards' Consistent Use of Onto-Typology in the "Miscellanies", Sermons, Treatises, and Discourses
  • Chapter Nine. Onto-Types in Images of Divine Things
  • Chapter Ten. Extending Edwards' Onto-Typology into Contemporary Science: Rhodopson Mechanism in the Mammalian Visual System as a Molecular Onto-Type
  • A Mechanism from Cell Biology: The Rhodopsin Second Messenger Cascade in the Mammalian Visual System is a Natural Type of Illumination by the Light of Christ
  • Biological Background: The Mechanism of Mammalian Vision
  • Light
  • Rhodopsin
  • G-protein
  • ?PDE Inhibitors and PDE
  • cGMP to Linear GMP
  • Na+/ Ca2+ Gated Ion Channels
  • Depolarization and Hyperpolarization of the Rod Cell Membrane Resulting in Transduction of Visual Signal to the Brain
  • Chapter Eleven. Beauty in the Clouds: Nature's Secondary Beauty as an Onto-Type of God's Primary Beauty
  • Chapter Twelve. Bringing Forth Edwards' Typological Natural Philosophy toward a Trinitarian Theology of Nature
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index

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