The Big Idea

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. Initially an effort to visualize Edwards’ natural typology, the Visual Edwards project has now extended to the rest of the printed corpus contained within Yale’s 26 volumes of The Works of Jonathan Edwards.

Latest Development

JONATHAN EDWARDS MEETS EARLY CHURCH FATHERS—Visual Edwards software can now compare the 26 volume Yale edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards with the 37 volumes of Ante-Nicene, 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.

Recent Software Seatures

  • Presentation Gallery
  • Color-coded WJE keyword search/analysis
  • “Quickview” feature: Enter vocabulary terms, copy text to clipboard, get quick visual analysis of terms. Create a more detailed query spanning The Works of Jonathan Edwards volumes 1-26. Develop a search profile and visually compare other texts
  • Hi-resolution previews and screenshot snipping
  • Markup features: Quickly preview and zoom into visualizations of The Works of Jonathan Edwards and the Early Church Fathers. Markup with colored pens, arrows, polygon shapes, annotations, save screenshots, record screen animations, and more

Recent Article

Polish Journal of American Studies: “Visualizing Jonathan Edwards”

Abstract: This article begins by introducing Jonathan Edwards, the eighteenth century American philosopher theologian from Northampton, Massachusetts. Edwards believed that the world of nature had communicative properties, full of types and symbols, and indeed, was a kind of language of God. This article posits that Edwards’ typological language of nature, encapsulated in his notebook “Images of Divine Things” and throughout his written corpus, can be explored through the lens of Digital Humanities and network analysis using Processing and Python programming languages. Next, the article summarizes recent Edwards-focused DH projects by Kenneth Minkema, Michał Choiński, and Michael Keller. The article then recounts the history and development of the Visual Edwards project and how it expands exploration of the 26 volume Yale letterpress edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards. Features of the Visual Edwards software are introduced briefly, as well as print publications flowing from the project. [Read full article]