Thoughts on the New England Revival

Vindicating the Great Awakening

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Weight 0.46 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 2.0 cm
isbn

9780851518947

binding

Cloth-bound

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1742

Banner Pub Date

Jan 1, 2005

topic

General History, Revival, 18th Century

page-count

304

ENDORSEMENTS

On one has tasted and tested the experience of revival like Jonathan Edwards. In this book (as everywhere) he navigate biblically between intellectualism and emotionalism, doctrinaire and doctrineless Christianity, paralyzing self-condemnation and arrogant self-exaltation, the presumptuous pursuit of revival and indolent passivity. In my experience Edwards is second only to the Bible. , JOHN PIPER

Book Description

1742 was a year of great blessing but also of growing controversy. The Great Awakening of 1740 was still in progress, but a few dissenting voices were starting to make themselves heard. In Thoughts on the New England Revival Jonathan Edwards spoke out, not for the first time, in defence of what he considered to be ‘the glorious work of God’.

In this book, he enlarges and develops the arguments put forward in his The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, with the aim of defending this unprecedented period of revival against the unjust words of its critics and the overzealous excesses of its friends, both of which, he feared, would quench the Spirit and put a stop to the blessing.

What is a revival? How is it to be recognized? Is it a genuine work of the Spirit of God? If it is, then how is revival to be guarded against the spurious errors and unspiritual tendencies of its over-zealous promoters? These are the questions taken up and ably answered by ‘the theologian of revival’, who, in God’s providence, has supplied future generations of Christians with a sure guide on this vital subject.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Author’s Preface vii
  Publisher’s Note ix
1. PART 1: A GLORIOUS WORK OF GOD  
Error in Judging of the Work a Priori 1
Error in Not Judging by Scripture as a Whole 5
Error in Rejecting the Work on Account of Incidental Defects 24
Evidence That This Is a Real Work of God 38
Genuineness of the Work Illustrated by Examples 46
The Work Not Only Genuine But Glorious 58
 2. PART 2: OBLIGATION TO PROMOTE THIS WORK  
Slowness to Acknowledge the Work of God 67
The Great Work of God for the World’s Conversion May Begin in America 73
Peril of Not Coming to the Help of the Lord in the Day of His Power and Salvation 80
Men in Authority, Especially Ministers, Bound to Acknowledge the Work of God 95
 3. PART 3: SUBJECTS AND PROMOTERS OF THE WORK WRONGLY BLAMED 113
Excessive Appeals to the Affections 115
Speaking Terror to Those Already Alarmed 120
Spending Too Much Time in Religion 127
Outcries and Bodily Effects 132
Earnestness in Warnings and Entreaties 135
Singing, and Children’s Religious Meetings 141
 4. PART 4: THINGS TO BE CORRECTED OR AVOIDED  
Errors to Be Considered and Avoided 145
Spiritual Pride a Prominent Cause of Error 152
Spiritual Pride – Some Effects and Traits 156
Claims to Revelation; the Prayer of Faith 174
Perverting the Influences of the Spirit 187
Providential Attestation and External Order 198
The Devil’s Advantage in Inward Experiences and Their External Effects 207
Censuring Others as Unconverted 226
Lay Exhorting; Mismanagement of Praise 237
 5. PART 5: HOW TO PROMOTE THIS WORK  
Stumbling Blocks to Be Removed 254
Self-Examination; Danger of Neglect 261
Duties of Ministers and Men of Influence 266
Duties of All in General 277
Faithfulness in Moral Duties 285

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