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date: 22 October 2019

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This chapter focuses on (1) Edwards’s discussion of three basic epistemic modalities (sense perception, rational inference, and rational intuition) and their sanctification; (2) his account of the epistemic status of scripture; and (3) his reasons for thinking that typology is another valid epistemic mode. The chapter includes discussions of Edwards’s doctrine of the spiritual senses, and his views on natural theology and on the relation between reason and revelation. It concludes with an examination of similarities and differences between Edwards’s views on epistemology and those of Karl Barth, and a brief defence of Edwards’s claim that a renewed heart is a necessary precondition of doing good work in theology.

Keywords: scripture, typology, natural theology, spiritual senses, reason and revelation

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