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.
Visual Edwards update: The project now saves and imports data in its own file format: .vje (which stands for Visual Jonathan Edwards).
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.
The idea behind the Visual Edwards project is to visualize the writings and thought of Jonathan Edwards in a creative way which facilitates exploration, study, and presentation. The sophisticated, image-rich theology of Edwards is a perfect match for today’s visual and tech-driven culture.
The video below is a visualization of Edwards’ mentions of happiness, misery, and related terms, as well as where they occur in the letterpress edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, volumes 1–26. Download a PDF of the full visualization and zoom in to explore.
This video gives a brief background to the development of Visual Edwards software. This is a research tool to help unravel Edwards’ “Miscellanies.” The second volume of The Miscellanies Project is currently underway. Topic approval deadline for The Miscellanies Companion, Volume 2 is June 1, 2020. Check topic availability at the Call for Papers page.
A simple Windows program to help researchers navigate VISUAL EDWARDS and look up the page references to the Works of Jonathan Edwards Online. View video demo below to see how it works.
Visual Edwards video based on entries from Jonathan Edwards’ notebook Images of Divine Things and The Diary of David Brainerd
Visual Edwards video based on a passage from Jonathan Edwards’ treatise on Original Sin
A presentation of Visual Edwards at a conference that brought together the directors of the international Edwards Center affiliates from around the world, along with prominent scholars and religious leaders, to assess the state of Edwards Studies and discern areas for future work.