Jonathan Edwards is often considered America’s greatest theologian. Yet for all of his notoriety, the most ambitious of Edwards’ works did not reach fruition. Just before his death, Edwards recorded his plans to create a comprehensive theological masterpiece. This work, called “The History of the Work of Redemption,” was designed to tell the history of mankind through the lens of God’s ultimate redemptive plan.
This site does not pretend to undertake such a project. As many people are quick to point out, Edwards was a brilliant but flawed human being. Many of his theological concepts, as well as his Providentialist approach to history, are justifiably criticized by modern audiences.
However, Edwards’ overarching idea that all of history is moving toward the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan is one that remains crucial for a Christian understanding of the world. While it is impossible to know the ultimate reason for certain events, Christians can nevertheless assert that there is both temporal and eternal significance to the past.
History, as a discipline, provides an imperfect window through which we can look at humanity in ages gone by. As an art, it lays bare both the beauty and depravity that still exists within us. Since the beginning of time, people have looked to history to advise them in meaning, morality, and progress.
The study of history is inseparable from the deepest needs of humanity.
The purpose of this site is to expose these connections in ways that are faithful to both the historical profession and Christian worldview. It seeks to show that history is best understood – and taught – when it highlights the deep moral questions that have united all people in all times. The Work of Redemption brings together theology and history, morality and causation, Spirit and Truth, in a quest to better understand our world…and our hearts.