For if there be in the saints a kind of apprehension or perception, which is in its nature, perfectly diverse from all that natural men have … it consists in the sensations of a new spiritual sense, which the souls of natural men have not …
Beginning with a notebook entry on “Infused Habits,” then drilling into the Edwards corpus with Visual Edwards software…
Continue to acquaint yourselves with the latest advances and applications in digital humanities. I was a member of that transitional generation that, in less than two decades, went from paper and pen to manual typewriter to electric typewriter to computer, so understanding the digital world did not come naturally. — Ken Minkema
The following quotes from Thomas Schafer’s introduction to WJE volume 13 The “Miscellanies” are the inspiration for creating Visual Edwards, a tool that opens up in a new way the matrix of connections in Edwards’s writings.
Visual Edwards software can now compare the 26 volume Yale edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards with the 37 volumes of Ante-Nicene and Post-Nicene Early Church Fathers. Create one search profile for all corpora and then visualize. Quickly generate volume/page references. Zoom, markup, annotate, animate, and more.
Death and resurrection—the two concepts are deeply intertwined in the Christian psyche. They form the final structure to the storyline of Jesus Christ in the four gospels; they saturate the apostolic teaching in the New Testament; and early Christian creeds witness to the fact that although human beings die, the Church from its earliest days…
“Miscellanies,” no. 5. HEAVEN. There is no more reason why it should be a damp to the happiness of some in heaven that others are happier, than that their happiness should be damped by barely a possibility of greater happiness, supposing them to be all equal…
Visual Edwards update: The project now saves and imports data in its own file format: .vje (which stands for Visual Jonathan Edwards).
Video Introduction, Part 2: A 12 minute video which introduces the software and demonstrates the process of building a visualization from an Edwards phrase.
I am happy to announce that the Visual Edwards Library has now grown to over 450 visualizations. The base set of 456 visualizations parallels Edwards’ Table to the “Miscellanies.” Key terms from each table entry were used to create visualizations spanning all 26 volumes of the Yale letterpress edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards.
“Miscellanies,” no. a. OF HOLINESS. “Holiness is a most beautiful and lovely thing. We drink in strange notions of holiness from our childhood, as if it were a melancholy, morose, sour and unpleasant thing; but there is nothing in it but what is sweet and ravishingly lovely.”
This is an excellent volume issuing from the inaugural conference of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary. Big thanks to Chris Chun and Kyle Strobel for their oversight and editorial efforts!
The Visual Edwards Library is an online resource with a growing number of visualizations created with Visual Edwards software. Users of the Windows software have the option of instantly publishing their maps of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vols. 1-26 in the online Library.
Heaven is the twenty-second in the Bright Shadows series of interactive videos which explores Jonathan Edwards’ notebook “Images of Divine Things.” The clickable elements that occasionally appear contain comments and links to entries in Edwards’ notebook.