Global Jonathan Edwards Congress

24 - 28 August 2020


Global Jonathan Edwards Congress

Rationality and Spirituality: Retrieving Jonathan Edwards for Understanding Religion and Spirituality in Human Experience Today

Since spirituality reflects underlying beliefs about human existence and experience, there is a need for global theological reflection on the nexus between spirituality and rationality. Although post-Enlightenment thought bears a specious character and prejudice against Christian spirituality—even Christians are overly self-conscious of this burden, even “disenchanted” with medieval and early modern Christian spirituality—with postmodernity has come a renewed interest in spirituality. Some of the finest and most penetrating analysis of the rational and spiritual nature of religious experience is found in the writings of Jonathan Edwards, “America’s Augustine.” See Strobel, Neele, and Minkema, Jonathan Edwards: Spiritual Writings, The Classics of Western Spirituality (Paulist Press, 2019).

The Jonathan Edwards Congress aims to retrieve Edwards to answer the question of what the fundamental nature of religious experience is, and the value of the rationality and spirituality of the human imago Dei for the humanities, church and society by leading global teams of Edwards scholars to engage this theme.

This 5-day conference will take place August 24-28, 2020, at ETF Leuven, Belgium and is organized by the Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux at ETF Leuven in cooperation with VU University Amsterdam, affiliated with the Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University.

For more information and registration visit the congress website


  • Andreas J. Beck (ETF Leuven, BE)
  • Wim van Vlastuin (VU University Amsterdam, NL)
  • Crawford Gribben (Queen’s University, Belfast, UK)
  • Michael McClenahan (Union Theological College, Belfast, UK)
  • Amanda Porterfield (Florida State University Tallahassee, FL, US)
  • Lisanne D’Andrea-Winslow (University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN, US)
  • Adriaan Neele (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, US)
  • Kenneth P. Minkema (Yale University, New Haven, CT, US)
  • Harry S. Stout (Yale University, New Haven, CT, US)
  • Tibor Fabiny (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, HU)
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