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The Religious Affections

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Weight 1.08 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.4 x 1 in
Banner Pub Date

Apr 1, 1961

topic

General Theology, Salvation, Conversion, Revival

page-count

382

Original Pub Date

1746

isbn

9780851514857

binding

Paperback

Format

Book

Book Description

Jonathan Edwards was one of the few truly great theologians of the English-speaking world, an intellectual and spiritual giant. When he began his ministry at Northampton, Massachusetts, New England had drifted from the Puritanism of its founders. Resisting the current trend, Edwards preached the whole counsel of God, and God plainly honoured his testimony. Yet to all appearances his life ended in tragedy; voted out of his pastorate by the people of Northampton, he died of fever at Princeton, only two months after taking over as President of the College. Edwards is perhaps best known as the theologian of revival, a subject on which he was uniquely qualified to write, by reason of his theological grasp and a first-hand experience of awakenings. Of his several treatises in this field, The Religious Affections ranks as the ‘magnum opus’.

The author’s object in this book is to distinguish between true and false religion by showing the marks of a saving work of the Holy Spirit in men. In his Preface, Edwards stresses the importance of using ‘our utmost endeavours clearly to discern…wherein true religion does consist’. For ’till this be done, it may be expected that great revivings of religion will be but of short continuance’.

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  Publishers’ Note 5
  Introduction by Alexander Smellie, D.D. 9
  The Author’s Preface 15
1. Part I  
  CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THE AFFECTIONS AND THEIR IMPORTANCE IN RELIGION 21
  Section I. True Religion largely consists in Holy Affections 23
  II. Evidence that True Religion lies much in the Affections 27
  III. Inferences from the Doctrine 48
2. Part II  
  SHOWING WHAT ARE NO CERTAIN SIGNS THAT RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS ARE TRULY GRACIOUS, OR THAT THEY ARE NOT 54
  Section I. That Religious Affections are very great is no Sign 54
  II. Great effects on the Body are no Sign 59
  III. Fluency and Fervour are no Sign 62
  IV. That they are not excited by us is no Sign 65
  V. That they come with Texts of Scripture is no Sign 70
  VI. That there is an appearance of Love is no Sign 73
  VII. That Religious Affections are of many kinds is no Sign 75
  VIII. Joys following in a certain Order are no Sign 79
  IX. Much Time and much Zeal in Duty are no Sign 91
  X. Much expression of Praise is no Sign 93
  XI. Great Confidence is no certain Sign 95
  XII. Moving Testimonies are no Sign 110
 3. Part III  
  SHOWING WHAT ARE DISTINGUISHING SIGNS OF TRULY GRACIOUS AND HOLY AFFECTIONS 120
  Introductory Remarks 120
  Section I. Gracious Affections are from Divine Influence 124
  II. Their Object is the Excellence of Divine Things 165
  III. They are founded on the moral Excellency of Objects 179
  IV. They arise from Divine Illumination 192
  V. They are attended with a Conviction of Certainty 217
  VI. They are attended with Evangelical Humiliation 237
  VII. They are attended with a Change of Nature 266
  VIII. They beget and promote the Temper of Jesus 272
  IX. Gracious Affections soften the Heart 285
  X. They have beautiful Symmetry and Proportion 292
  XI. False Affections rest satisfied in Themselves 303
  XII. Religious Affections have their fruit in Christian Practice 308
  (1) Christian Practice is the chief Sign to Others 327
  (2) Christian Practice is the chief Sign to Ourselves 347

 

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