Commemorating the 300th Birthday of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

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Session Times and Speakers Subject to Change


Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Reception

6:30 p.m.: Dinner and Opening Plenary Address

George M. Marsden, University of Notre Dame, "Jonathan Edwards in the Twenty-First Century"


Library of Congress, Mumford Room

8:30-10 a.m.: Session I

Sang Hyun Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary, "Does History Matter to God? Edwards' Dynamic Re-conception of God's Relation to the World"

Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College, "Jonathan Edwards's Freedom of the Will Abroad"

John E. Smith, Yale University, "Jonathan Edwards: God's Pragmatist"

10:15 a.m-12:00 p.m.: Session II

Gerald R. McDermott, Roanoke College, "Jonathan Edwards, the World Religions, and Eighteenth-Century American Culture"

Douglas A. Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, "'Longing for More and More of It': The Strange Career of Jonathan Edwards's Exegetical Exertions"

Mark Valeri, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, "Forgiveness and the Party of Humanity in Jonathan Edwards's World"

Rachel Wheeler, Lewis & Clark College, "Lessons From Stockbridge: Jonathan Edwards's Indian Sermons"

1:00-2:30 p.m.: Session III

Ava Chamberlain, Wright State University, "A Humbled Virgin: The Politics of Sex in Northampton"

John Saillant, Western Michigan University, "African-American Engagements with Edwards in the Era of the Slave Trade"

Stephen J. Stein, Indiana University, "Jonathan Edwards and the Cultures of Biblical Violence"

2:30-4:00 p.m.: Session IV

Robert E. Brown, Princeton University, "The Sacred and the Profane Connected: Edwards, the Bible, and Intellectual Culture"

Philip F. Gura, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Lost and Found: Recovering Edwards for American Literature"

Amy Plantinga Pauw, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, "The Immanence of God: Edwardsean Legacies in America"

4:15-5:15 p.m.: Concluding Plenary

Richard R. Niebuhr, Harvard Divinity School, "Jonathan Edwards's World of Signs"

Complimentary continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided.

Conference funding generously provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts,
Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Henry Luce Foundation, and Yale University.

Photo (above) of the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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