Synopsis: A Divine and Supernatural Light by Jonathon Edwards
Jonathon Edwards argues of A Divine and Supernatural
Light that blesses individual with truth. Truth, as defined, pertains to
the knowledge of bestowed by God in accordance to Christian Scriptures and
Rationality. Subsequently, Edwards epitomizes the argument with a biblical
reference to Jesus as son of god and how his followers, notably Peter, are
blessed with a Divine and Supernatural Light; that is, the possession of actual
truth to know that Christ was the “Son of the Living God.” For
example, the theologian attributes the discoveries and knowledge (religious
or not—with the exception of evil inclinations) of mortal men in the arts and
sciences to the plenary imparter of such knowledge, God.
In the second portion, Edwards argues light given by god is immediately convincing and undeniably the truth. Natural faculties of man are imbued by the grace of God. They are the subject of God’s bestowment of Divine Light. This light consists of the same irrevocable truths pursuant to Christian Scriptures. It can be said God uses this light exclusive of natural force within man; so, the Divine Light is an immediate certainty as opposed to the maligned inclinations of man in the natural state without this light.
Third argues that “The Doctrine”, of The Divine Light, exists. Edwards, gives two reasons supporting The Doctrine. The first is based on a scriptural context. This is a reference to the Holy Scripture. Edwards gives instances “how saints differ from the ungodly” and their knowledge (implicitly, occurring from The Divine Light) is in accordance to God and Jesus Christ. The second is based on The Doctrine’s rationality. This is the culmination of Edward’s argument whereby that “Excellency in divine things” is distinguishable upon looking at them. For example, Edwards claim the divinity of these things are a given and that God’s presence and visibly distinguishable divine characteristics sets God apart from man. Divine knowledge is, once again, given immediately by God and is not obtained by man’s natural means. Edwards believes reason is necessary to construe the notion of these doctrines emanating from The Light. However, he makes a distinction between natural reason (that which is found by man’s head) and “Reason” pursuant to the sense associated with the heart and subsequently to the Divine Light god imparts on it.