Theology of Everything or Exhaustive Typology

I wanted to open up a discussion of Jonathan Edwards’ typology. It’s been too long.

Edwards believed that absolutely every thing in the world is an image of Jesus and his spiritual truth, much like Moses and David were “types” of Christ.

He says, “I expect by very ridicule and contempt to be called a man of a very fruitful brain and copious fancy, but they are welcome to it. I am not ashamed to own that I believe that the whole universe, heaven and earth, air and seas, and the divine constitution and history of the holy Scriptures, be full of images of divine things, as full as a language is of words” (Typological Writings 152).

Edwards qualifies this by saying that the Scripture gives us specific types (like Moses and David) to teach us how to see types in everything. Once we are able to be tutored by the Scripture, we can then see more types within Scripture, and from there we can see types in all the world around us.

He kept a journal called “Images of Divine Things” in which he made dozens of notes about things like roses, birth, lightning, human breathing, and such and explained how these were pictures of Jesus and his truth.


Is Edwards a profound theologian or is he a “a man of a very fruitful brain and copious fancy”?