Friday, November 26, 2010

Jonathan Edward (1703-1758)

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Edwards provides insight into the relation between apologetic evidence and the Holy Spirit. He too saw complementary relation between the two. Edwards say eight functions in reason:

1. Reason must prove the existence of God, the Revealer.

2. Reason anticipates that there will be a revelation.

3. Reason can show that a "pretended" revelation is not from God.

4. Reason demonstrates the rationality of revelation.

5. Reason verifies a true revelation as genuine.

6. Reason argues for the dependability of revelation.

7. Reason anticipates that there will be mysteries in a genuine divine revelation, defends them, and refutes objections to their presence.

8. Reason comprehends what is illumined by revelation.