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Current music: Firewater – I Still Love You, Judas

Another good commentary from New Pantagruel, this time related to Jonathan Edwards:

Unlike contemporary conservative or “paleo-orthodox” Calvinists in the Anglo-Scottish tradition, Skillen rejects Edwards’ covenantal theology. Skillen argues, as does Noll in America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln, that “Puritan” covenantalism (Skillen declines to call it “Calvinist”) has led Evangelicals to a private religious pietism as the covenanted people: “Individuals ‘getting right with God’ is more important than the maturation of the church as the visible community of God’s people.” If this does not lead to sheer withdrawal from the national public, Skillen says, it leads to the conflation of the state with the church:

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