The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2

Volume 2: Religious Affections

Jonathan Edwards; Edited by John E. Smith

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September 10, 1959
534 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300009668
Cloth

This volume contains Edwards’ most mature and persistent attempt to judge the validity of the religious development in eighteenth-century America known as the Great Awakening. In developing criteria for such judgment he attacked at the same time one of the fundamental questions facing all religion: how to distinguish genuine from spurious piety? The Awakening created much bitter controversy; on the one side stood the emotionalists and enthusiasts, and on the other the rationalists, for whom religion was essentially a matter of morality or good conduct and the acceptance of properly formulated doctrine. Edwards, with great analytical skill and enormous biblical learning, showed that both sides were in the wrong. He attacked both a “lifeless morality” as too pale as to be the essence of religion, and he rejected the excesses of a purely emotional religion more concerned for sensational effects than for the inner transformation of the self, which was, for him, the center of genuine Christianity.

"The Jonathan Edwards Project is the first of its kind—a comprehensive, exhaustive effort to produce an online archive of all of Edwards' sermons, treatises, letters and musings to serve the needs of anyone who cares to know the man. To date, no other university or institute has attempted to transcribe, computerize and then post online the complete works of any one historical figure. . . . Though he may never attain the rock-star status of George Washington, with the Yale project, Edwards will live forever."—Adrian Brune, Hartford Courant

"Any modern empirical philosopher should welcome this sane, balanced, and acute study of the signs of a truly converted life. It is valuable to be reminded that not all the varieties of religious experience are experiences of true religion."—Journal of Theological Studies

"Mr. Smith's Introduction is an enlightening volume in itself and excellently shaped toward the understanding of the Treatise it introduces. It may well stimulate inquiry as to the continuing relevance of Edwards's thought to the religious dilemma of modern times."—American Literature

“This volume, like its predecessor, is magnificently produced and carefully edited. The editor . . . provides over eighty pages of an Introduction which shows a profound and erudite analysis of Edwards’s treatment of the question, How shall the presence of the divine Spirit be discerned against the background of the Great Awakening in New England?, and contrives to give it a contemporary relevance.”—Theology

"A splendid piece of interpretation, exegetical and contemporary."—Church History
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