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Jonathan Edwards on Beauty Desire and the Sensory World

[Jonathan Edwards perceived the natural world as a school of desire. He thought that by carefully attending to the sensory splendors (and terrors) of creation, believers learn to apprehend God’s glory, which is itself more sensory than anything we can imagine. The human task of bringing the world to a consciousness of its beauty in God is full of ecological implications. As George Marsden says in his new biography of Edwards, “The key to Edwards’ thought is that everything is related because everything is related to God.”1]

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