By Barbara B. Oberg, Harry S. Stout
This interdisciplinary number of comparative essays through uncommon historians and literary critics appears at points of the idea of Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin and considers where of those males in American tradition. most likely the 2 so much tested figures of the colonial interval, they've got frequently been the article of comparative reports. those characterizations often painting them as jointly unique perfect forms, hence putting them in different types as diverse and hostile as "traditional" and "modern." In those essays--by such students as William Breitenbach, Edwin Gaustad, Elizabeth Dunn, and Ruth Bloch--polemical contrasts disappear and Edwards and Franklin end up contrapuntal subject matters in a bigger solidarity. Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the illustration of yank tradition is a useful addition to scholarship on American literature and suggestion.
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Extra resources for Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture
Edwards's argument of foreknowledge may take care of the harmony of prayer and predetermined events, but it hardly reconciles God's interfering by special providence in a scheme of predetermined events without changing the course of these events. If God's interference or providence is part of the pre-established pattern, it cannot be considered as an authentic interposition. The law of cause and effect is obviously incompatible with divine intervention. Edwards's sermons are no more satisfactory.
8. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, ed. ). A. Leo Lemay and P. M. Zall (New York, 1986), p. 88. 9. Works of President Edwards, 3: 154. 10. , 3: 287. 11. The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards from His Private Notebooks, ed. Harvey G. , 1955), p. 207. 12. , cd. Jared Sparks (Boston, 183640), 2: 241. 13. Ola E. Window, Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758 (1940; rep. New York, 1961), p. 117. 14. Works of President Edwards, 3: 144. 15. WJE, 3: 107. Emphasis in original. 16. PBF, 2: 114. Emphasis in original.
56. , 3: 345. 57. Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Lemay, p. 845. 58. Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Smyth, 9: 261. 59. PBF, 11: 450. 60. Works of President Edwards, 3: 298. 61. PBF, 2: 385. Emphasis is in original. 62. Works of President Edwards, 3: 343. 63. , 3: 349. 41 4 The Nature of True— and Useful—-Virtue: From Edwards to Franklin EDWIN S. GAUSTAD Perry Miller's unhappiness over the misinterpretation of his "From Edwards to Emerson" essay (as though he had argued "in some mystical pretension .
Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture by Barbara B. Oberg, Harry S. Stout