Announcing the launch of Bright Shadows: Interactive Video Series, part of the Visual Edwards project. The interactive video series builds upon the book Bright Shadows of Divine Things: The Devotional World of Jonathan Edwards. Of the book, Douglas Sweeney, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, described Bright Shadows as an:
…extended rumination on Edwards’ natural typology (i.e. his investigation of the natural world for emblems of the divine). It is pitched as a devotional aimed at other serious Christians as well as seekers who are lovers of the beauty of the world. It uses Edwards’ famous notebook, “Images of Divine Things,” as a deep well of insight into the “nature” of reality, a nature that was made by God, Boss contends with Edwards, to reflect God’s glory and point sensitive souls to Scripture, which interprets its worldly sights and sounds in comprehensible ways… This foretaste of the meal Boss has readied for hungry readers is enough to give you the flavor of the feast on offer. Spiritually-minded nature lovers will eat it up.
The videos below provide a sample of the Bright Shadows series. Interact with the videos by clicking the pop-up prompts. Dots along the play timeline indicate interactive points in the videos.
The Bright Shadows series is under active development with more videos on the way. View a showcase of the current videos at https://www.jesociety.org/brightshadows/ .
Visual Edwards is a large project developing at the intersection of theology, media, and software. As a foray into the media-driven, tech environment of the twenty-first century, the project blends Edwardsean theology, creative coding, complex network visualization, and video to render a new view of America’s Theologian for today’s digital culture. Visual Edwards has been presented at the International Jonathan Edwards Conference at Yale University, the workshop “The Relevance of Jonathan Edwards Today” in Budapest, and the Inaugural Conference of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary.