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(A) Study on the Spirituality of Jonathan Edwards
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What the church is most interested is in currently is spirituality. Many churches these days spend their time on trying to find the answer to the question, "How can churches of today strengthen spirituality?" Then, how can spirituality become stronger? The purpose of this dissertation is to look at the spirituality through the life and theological backgrounds of Jonathan Edwards, who was the leader of American Awakening Movement and also to look at the characteristics of Korean spirituality and to suggest a direction for its future. This dissertation is organized as follows. In chapter one, I shall state the research questions and give literature review on previous related studies. In chapter two, Edwards' life and family education would be looked at to explain the development of his spirituality and also 'reflection' which influenced it would be studied. Furthermore, I will look into Puritanism that influenced Edwards and also about the Awakening Movement which changed his life. The characteristics of Edwards' spiritual life would be looked into in chapter three. In order to have a strict spiritual life, Edwards lived a true compassionate life, acted out God's love, read the bible, and thought only about the Lord and putting his neighbors first. In chapter four, the Trinitarian Spiritual Theology of Edwards would be looked into. What is so great about Edwards is that not only was he able to apply spirituality into his life but that the fact that he developed it into a theology of his own. He applied his spirituality with God, Christ, and Holy Ghost. The concluding chapter, chapter five will be a summarization of former chapters and then I will suggest how the church of today should understand Edwards' spirituality and how to adapt it. There is something we can all learn form Edwards and that is the fact that we must try hard to strengthen our spirituality. Firstly, we must live for God and put him in the center of our lives. Secondly, we must live by acting out God's love. Thirdly, we must continually read the bible and meditate. Fourthly, we must pray diligently. When we put the above into action and try to strengthen our spirituality, we can build heaven on earth and the church of today would not have too much trouble in strengthening spirituality.