Re-thinking atonement in Jonathan Edwards and new England theology

S. Mark Hamilton*

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Jonathan Edwards’ New England theology has a great deal more to say that is of contemporary doctrinal interest than it is often credited with, particularly as it relates to the doctrine of atonement. This article explores several anomalous claims made be this 18th and 19th century tradition, and in this way, challenges the recent and growing consensus that Edwards espoused the penal substitution model and his successors a moral government model. I argue that of all that is yet to be considered about their doctrine of atonement, we ought to begin with those claims made about the nature and demands of divine justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-99
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Atonement
  • Divine justice
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • New England Theology

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