“The sun receives nothing from the jewel that receives its light, but the jewel shines only by a participation of its brightness.”

- Jonathan Edwards (1749)

About

As one of ten international affiliate centers of Yale University, this center seeks to be the educational epicenter for researching the life and works of America’s premier theologian. The Jonathan Edwards Center (JEC) hosts conferences followed by publications which include its conference proceedings. Graduate students have the opportunity to submit papers in a competition in which the winner will receive a monetary prize and guaranteed publication. Under the auspices of Gateway Seminary, this center seeks to strengthen existing doctoral and visiting scholar programs and network with international scholarly communities as well as local churches.

“The Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary is the research, education, and publication hub for Edwards studies on the West Coast.” - Chris Chun, Director 

 

News

Gateway hosts first Jonathan Edwards conference - The Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary hosted its inaugural conference Jan. 15-16 at the Ontario, Calif., campus. The conference theme was "Regeneration, Revival and Creation: Religious Experience and the Purposes of God in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards." Continue Reading

  1. Watch Now - Jonathan Edwards and Slavery

    Panel discussion assessing Edwards' positions on slavery.

  2. Panel Discussion

    featuring Adriaan Neele, Mark Rogers, Robert Caldwell, Kenneth Minkema and Oliver Crisp.

  3. Portrait of Edwards

    Oliver Crisp presenting his portrait of Jonathan Edwards for display in the JEC reading room.

  4. Panel Discussion Q&A

    Kenneth Minkema answers a question during the panel discussion.

  5. Adriaan Neele Presentation

    Neele describing the establishment of multiple Edwards centers around the world.

  6. Recognition of John Shouse

    for significant contributions to the JEC at Gateway Seminary.

Online Journal

Read the latest issue of the online journal Jonathan Edwards Studies. Published by the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, the journal is an interdisciplinary digital publication that deals with all facets of Edwards’ fascinating body of work, including historic trajectories, early modern context, his life and thought, and global legacies from a variety of perspectives.

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Publications

Regeneration, Revival, and Creation: Religious Experience and the Purposes of God in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards edited by Chris Chun and Kyle C. Strobel.

Press Kit

"Regeneration, Revival, and Creation" by Chris Chun, published in Jonathan Edwards Studies vol 10, no 2 (2020): Special Issue

"Praying for Revival in the Life And Thought of Jonathan Edwards and Edwardsean Baptists" by Michael Haykin.

Jonathan Edwards Studies vol. 8 no. 2 (2018) - "Philip J. Fisk, Jonathan Edwards’s Turn from the Classic-Reformed Tradition of Freedom of the Will" by Cameron Schweitzer, current Gateway student.

Edwardseana Issue 4: Fall 2018 - Read more about the Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary.

 

Courses will be offered for students about Jonathan Edwards and his theological legacy.

 

 

Upcoming Events

CALL FOR PAPERS - The Influence of Jonathan Edwards in the Early American Republic: Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the Pursuit of Happiness

While Jonathan Edwards has been crowned "America's Theologian," his successors in the early republic can rightly be called American theologians. Known pejoratively as "The New Divinity," the Edwardsean tradition was a socially-oriented Calvinism, confronting the most controversial and even volatile issues in their infant nation. With the ideas of Edwards and some of the most capable thinkers for their age, the New Divinity became the first indigenous school of Calvinism in American history, shaping the American theological tradition and helping forge the national identity. A volume that examines the influence of America's theologian on America's founding would thus fill a gap in historical studies and better explain the development of religious identity in the United States.

The editors of the proposed volume, Jonathan Edwards and the Early American Republic: Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the Pursuit of Happiness are seeking chapter contributions of 5000-7000 words. Chapters should focus on the Edwardsean engagement with salient issues in the early American nation. Suggested topics include: political economy and the expansion of trade and/or capitalism; language, epistemology and the organization of knowledge; human rights, and thinking about war and peace; slavery and abolitionism; gender and the church; international relations; the social hierarchy; poverty and the marginal of society; anthropocentrism and ecological dominance; etc. Other related but not listed topics would be welcomed as well. The chapters shall be arranged into thematic sections. Contributors must be Ph.D., or at least ABD. Contributors must use The Chicago Manual of Style and conform to the norms of the Jonathan Edwards Center (see the Jonathan Edwards Studies Journal).

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 December 2020 (300 Words and CV sent to and )

Answer to Authors: 1 March 2021

Full Chapters to Submitted: 1 June 2021

 

Past Events

November 2, 2020 | Jonathan Edwards and Slavery: Christian Leadership with Feet of Clay Watch Video

August 21, 2019 | Colloquium with Ryan Hoselton, doctoral candidate and instructor at Heidelberg University.

January 15-16, 2019 | Inaugural Conference of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary Download Program

September 27, 2018 | Lecture by Dr. Kyle Strobel - “Jonathan Edwards and the Nature of the Christian Life” Watch Video

April 23, 2018 | Lecture by Dr. Mark Rogers - “Jonathan Edwards and New Divinity School"

March 26, 2018 | Lecture by Dr. Oliver Crisp - “Jonathan Edwards and Dispositional Ontology”