Jonathan Edwards’ prophecy – 爱德华滋的预言?

In his biography on Jonathan Edwards, George Marsden quoted Jonathan Edwards (who was apparently casting this in terms of millenial hopes) saying,” It may be hoped that then many of the Negroes and Indians will be divines, and that excellent books will be published in Africa, Ethiopia, in Turkey – and not only very learned men, but others that are more ordinary men, shall then be very knowing in religion.”

著名历史学家乔治.马斯登在他所著述的乔纳森.爱德华滋传记里引用了爱德华滋的一句话(此话的背景显然在于表示爱德华滋对于千禧年的展望)。自话怎讲?“可盼的是到时有许多的黑人和印第安人都是神学家,而且许多极好的著作都由过从非洲,埃塞尔比亚、土耳其本地写出。而且在那里,不但是很有学问的人,其他较一般的人,都能深知信仰。”

This statement is interesting in the light of the fact that there are probably far more Christians residing outside the West than it was then, when the Chrstian religion was vastly limited to the West. It is time for the East to evangelise the gospel back to the West. However, the East would need to catch up on its theological formation  compared with the West. May God make what he said then come true, that excellent books wll come up from the East, the South.

爱德华滋的这句话十分有趣。他是处于基督教蓬勃发展于西方的时代背景。反观现今,东方的基督徒比西方还多。是时候将福音传回西方了。然而,东方的基督教在神学上还是多方依赖西方的著作。愿神能够听他仆人的祷告请愿,使到极好的著作能够从各方四起。

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2 Responses to Jonathan Edwards’ prophecy – 爱德华滋的预言?

  1. joshua Woo说道:

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  2. Hedonese说道:

    Edwards also a promoter of extraordinary prayers and intercessions for worldwide revival… even though David Bryant took it up to ‘fulfil’ it in our times, it seems that the big movement for prayer nowadays were championed by Cindy jacobs, Wagner and the spiritual warfare folks 🙂

    Maybe it’s time the heirs of Edwards spearhead it again

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