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An Attempt at Multi-Perspective Historical Interpretation on Jonathan Edwards’s Dismissal from Northampton, New England, 1750.
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|Issue Date: ||2018-04-19T06:06:23Z (UTC)
Since the 19th century, the traditional way of observing conflicts of the faith community focuses on several cultural and social factors, while the methodology has consciously or unconsciously to overlook or ignore from the influence of the confession and interpretation of the doctrine of the faith community itself. The approach of observation that studiously excluded elements of faith has often failed to explain completely and integrally the real causes of church conflicts, however, and it becomes the mainstream since the Enlightenment. As a result, historians will find themselves failed to find an appropriate way to reach the task and mission of historical reading - "to rebuild the past, to dialogue with Contemporary, and to lead the way for the future".
Based on practical realism thesis, this article tries to develop a multi-perspective, dialogic historical observation method. On one hand, the goal is to re-evaluate Jonathan Edwards' dismissal ("the dismissal") in 1750 during the dialogue and try to give an interpretation more integrally; on the other hand, the methodology is not merely trying to build some theoretical foundation for the church conflict study but also an appropriate approach to cut in.
To meet the goal mentioned above, the article re-builds a historical scene by reanalyzing and interpreting the related documents of "the dismissal", bringing 1) both parties in church conflict, 2) the observation results of different methodologies, and 3) the author to reconstruct the scene and cross-dialogue with each other.
The study criticizes and reinterprets "the dismissal" during the dialogue, while it also applies the theory of conflict as a basis to develop a complete method of observing on church conflicts' nature and form. Meanwhile, the study targets to deliver some suggestions and contribution for pastors and churches about how to deal with church conflicts.
|Appears in Collections:||[台灣神學院] 研究部-神學博士班（Ph.D.）|
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