ACT MONOGRAPH SERIES The Global Edwards edited by Rhys Bezzant
In a globalised world, networks are key, whether they are networks of people, ideas, or interests. In this volume of essays on the texts and teachings of Jonathan Edwards, contributors from each continent ask questions about how the world of Edwards explains or illuminates the world of today, whether in the area of systematics, missions, historiography, politics, church-planting, or biblical studies. Such diverse discourses enrich the networks of scholarship that the contributors represent, and provide a global snapshot of contemporary research in Edwards studies. These papers were presented in August 2015 at the Jonathan Edwards Congress held at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, where personal engagement with the topics at hand made the worldwide network of Edwards aficionados and scholars not merely a virtual aspiration but an experience in time and space. This book will not only inform its readers but surprise them as well, as they track the power of eighteenth century theological ideas in the late modern world.
Rhys Bezzant is Dean of Missional Leadership and Lecturer in Church History at Ridley College, Melbourne. He is the Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center Australia, and is Visiting Fellow at the Yale Divinity School. He has published Jonathan Edwards and the Church, and Standing on their Shoulders, and is presently writing a book on the mentoring ministry of Edwards.
Ian Maddock serves as Senior Lecturer in Theology at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. He received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen and is author of Men of One Book: A Comparison of Two Methodist Preachers, John Wesley and George Whitefield.
David Bebbington is Professor of History at the University of Stirling. His publications include Evangelicalism in Modern Britain, The Dominance of Evangelicalism, Victorian Religious Revivals and (as co-editor) Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century.
Corné Blaauw is part-time Lecturer of Philosophy at The Bible Institute of South Africa in Cape Town. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Groningen and has written several academic papers for the Jonathan Edwards Studies journal.
Joel Burnell teaches Dogmatics and Moral Theology at the Evangelical School of Theology (EST) in Wrocław, Poland. He is a member of the board of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society, and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center in Poland.
Heber Campos Jr. is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Centro Presbiteriano de Pós-Graduação Andrew Jumper, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center for Brazil.
Michał Choiński is Assistant Professor in the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. His publications include The Rhetoric of the Revival: the Language of the Great Awakening Preachers. He has also translated The Jonathan Edwards Reader into Polish.
Nick Coombs is Lead Pastor of City on a Hill: Melbourne East, Australia. Nick holds a Master of Divinity from Ridley College, Melbourne.
Philip Fisk is Senior Researcher in Historical Theology at the Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux, within the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium. His publications include Jonathan Edwards’s Turn from the Classic-Reformed Tradition of Freedom of the Will, and he is a contributor to the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae / Synopsis of a Purer Theology.
Richard Hall is Professor of Philosophy at Fayetteville State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. His publications include two books, The Ethical Foundations of Criminal Justice and The Neglected Northampton Texts of Jonathan Edwards: Edwards on Society and Politics, and chapters in The Contribution of Jonathan Edwards to American Culture and Society, Josiah Royce for the Twenty-First Century, and Middlebrow Wodehouse.
Gerald McDermott is Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. His six books on Edwards include The Theology of Jonathan Edwards, co-written with Michael McClymond. His most recent books are Famous Stutterers, Israel Matters, and The New Christian Zionism.
Adriaan Neele is Consulting and Digital editor and Director of the Works of Jonathan Edwards and the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, and Director of the doctoral program and Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His forthcoming publication is called Before Edwards: Sources of New England Theology.
Glen O’Brien is Head of Theology, Booth College, and Associate Professor of Church History, at the Sydney College of Divinity. He has published widely on Wesleyan and Methodist studies, including contributing to, and co-editing with Hilary Carey, Methodism in Australia: A History.
Stuart Piggin is Conjoint Associate Professor of History, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His publications include Making Evangelical Missionaries, Evangelical Christianity in Australia, Shaping the Good Society in Australia, and a number of articles and books chapters on Jonathan Edwards.
Jan Rybicki is Assistant/Associate Professor of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. He has published on stylometry in literature and translations (including The Great Mystery of the (Almost) Invisible Translator: Stylometry in Translation), and he has translated into Polish such authors as Golding, Fitzgerald, and le Carré.
Andrew Schuman is a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Management, where he earned his MAR and MBA degrees and wrote an integrated thesis on Jonathan Edwards and education. He now serves as the Director of Veritas Labs, a higher education innovation lab at The Veritas Forum.
Kyle Strobel is Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology and Formation, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, Los Angeles. His publications include Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation, and Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to his Thought (co-written with Oliver Crisp).
Seng-Kong Tan is Lecturer in Systematic and Spiritual Theology at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore. His most recent publications on Edwards include Fullness Received and Returned and a chapter in Idealism and Christian Theology.
Willem van Vlastuin is Professor of Theology and Spirituality of Reformed Protestantism at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Dean of the Hersteld Hervormd Seminary, and Co-Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center, Benelux. His most recent book is Be Renewed: A Theology of Personal Renewal.
Victor Zhu is PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh.