Hellfire Preaching, Jonathan Edwards, and the Logic of Revivalist Affect
The first chapter argues, against current received understandings, that Jonathan Edwards’s terror was materially innovative and different, and that the matter of its difference derives from Edwards’s unique philosophical interests and leads to his influential theorization of affect as a mode of knowledge. Through a comparison of terror sermons across the late 17th and early 18th centuries, this chapter discovers that the significance of terror in New England turns from a cautionary and practical rhetoric to, in later generations, an immanent and ideal rhetoric. The chapter shows how Edwards’s defense of terror preaching during the Great Awakening culminates in a wholesale revolution in affective philosophy that derives from his studies in formal logic and Enlightenment idealism, and is pinned to a radical redefinition of the epistemological significance of terror.
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