Thoughts On Religious Experience

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Dec 1, 1967


Conversion, Spiritual Growth, General Theology, Life Issues, Salvation

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Book Description

The nature of spiritual experience is probably both the most interesting and the most difficult subject in Christian literature: interesting because it concerns human life in all observable stages from childhood to death, and embraces all the emotions and behaviour possible in a man regenerated by the Holy Spirit; difficult because the adequate treatment of the subject makes immense demands upon the author. To trace sanctification and backsliding, as they appear in human consciousness, presupposes a sound biblical theology as well as a spirituality of mind and a pastoral knowledge broad enough to interpret all the varieties in type which occur.

Twenty years a pastor and preacher in a revival era, then forty years a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary (commenced in 1812 when he was the sole instructor), Archibald Alexander brought to this volume the best wisdom of his life. From his own observations, and from case histories drawn from Christian biography, he follows his subject with the hand of a master. He was, in Dr. Theodore Woolsey’s words, ‘The Shakespeare of the Christian heart’. Primarily concerned with what ought to be the impression made upon the life by scriptural truths he has nothing of the vague devotionalism of the religious mystics. But within this biblical context a wide variety of experiences passes under review, along with a consideration of the practical problems involved in an understanding of the new-birth, Christian growth, spiritual conflict and kindred subjects.

This is a lucid and fascinating volume almost alone in the field which it covers.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Biographical Introduction vii
  Preface xvii
  I 1
  Early religious impressions-Different results-Classes of persons least impressed-Examples of ineffectual impressions  
  II 10
  Piety in children-Comparatively few renewed in infancy and childhood-Soul awakened in different ways-Legal conviction not a necessary part of true religion-Progress of conviction  
  III 21
  The new birth an event of great importance-The evidences of the New birth-Diversities of experience in converts-Examples-Causes of diversity  
  IV 32
  Causes of diversity in experience continued-Effect of temperament­-Melancholy-Advice to the friends of persons thus affected-Illustrative cases-Causes of melancholy and insanity  
  V 51
  Effect of sympathy illustrated-Cautions in relation to this subject­-A singular case in illustration  
  VI 59
  Erroneous views of regeneration-The correct view-The operation of faith-Exercises of mind, as illustrated in Jonathan Edwards’s Narrative-The operations of faith still further explained  
  VII 79
  Considerations on dreams, Visions, etc.-Remarkable conversion of a blind infidel from hearing the Bible read  
  VIII 95
  Religious Conversation-Stress laid by some on the knowledge of the time and place of conversion-Religious experience of Halyburton  
  IX 107
  Christian experience of R, C, -Narrative of Sir Richard Hill’s experience  
  X 126
  Imperfect sanctification-The spiritual warfare  
  XI 135
  Narrative of G, A, S-, an Episcopal clergyman-Narrative of a young officer in the army  
  XII 145
  The spiritual conflict-Various exhibitions of it-Evil thoughts-A case in illustration  
  XIII 157
  Growth in grace-Signs of it-Practical directions how to grow in grace-Hindrances to it  
  XIV 169
  Backsliding-The backslider restored  
  XV 178
  The rich man and the poor-The various trials of believers  
  XVI 187
  Death-bed of the believer  
  XVII 195
  Death-bed exercises of Andrew Rivet  
  XVIII 208
  Death-bed exercises and speeches of Thomas Halyburton  
  XIX 217
  Dying Experience of John Janeway, Edward Payson, and Samuel Finley  
  XX 228
  Remarks on death-bed exercises, with several illustrative examples  
  XXI 237
  Death-bed exercises of Richard Baxter and Thomas Scott  
  XXII 248
  Preparation for death-The state of the soul after death  
  A prayer for one who feels that he is approaching the borders of another world 259
  Letters to the Aged  
  Counsels of the Aged to the Young  
  Counsels to Christian Mothers  
  Letter to a Mourning Afflicted Widow  
  Letter to a Bereaved Widower  



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