War: Jonathan Edwards' "Great and Violent Inward Struggle"

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On the one hand, Jonathan Edwards is very conservative, protecting and defending the purity of Calvinism to the death. On the other, his descriptions of nature and dealings with emotion carry strains of preromanticism. Edwards reaches back to the 16th century for his doctrinal beliefs and public life's "cause." He looks forward into the romanticism of the 19th century for the inner, dynamic view of life, described by his walks in the woods, view of the beauty of holiness, and Christ. He is caught between the two, and the conflict discovers itself in his personal narrative.

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