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.
“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.
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.
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1437. “BEATIFICAL VISION” (WJE 13:126). Locations are highlighted where beatific, vision, and related terms are near each other.
Visualization 1433. “ARBITRARY DIVINE OPERATION” (WJE 13:126). Locations are highlighted where arbitrary, divine, operation and related terms are near each other.
Visualization 1432. “APOSTLES: no ENTHUSIASTS; no IMPOSTORS” (WJE 13:126). Locations are highlighted where apostles, enthusiasts, impostors, and related terms are near each other.
Visualization 1430. “ANOINTED, why JESUS is so called” (WJE 13:126) with locations highlighted where anointed, Jesus, and related terms occur in phrases or near each other.