Forget about being anxious over what you can do with a history major. Pretty soon we will be asking what a student can do with a “Jonathan Edwards major.” Or maybe a promising young college graduate might consider pursuing an M.A. or Ph.D in Jonathan Edwards studies.
Jonathan Edwards studies has become a small cottage industry within the fields of both early American history and American religious history. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale, under the direction of Harry Stout and Ken Minkema, have a spiffy new website that allows one to browse and search the Works of Jonathan Edwards. They now seem to be promoting their collection not only to scholars, but to the church as well.
Recently the Edwards Center has established international centers for the study of Jonathan Edwards in South Africa, Australia, Germany and Poland. And now they have opened a satellite campus at Trinity Evangelical Divnity School in Deerfield, IL.
The Trinity Edwards Center will be run by prominent Edwards scholar and Trinity professor Douglas Sweeney. According to a recent press release, the new Center will have a full slate of events, including conferences and a lecture series for scholars and pastors. It will also have a computer database of Edwards materials that will only be available in North America at Trinity and Yale.
The future of Edwards studies looks bright.