The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 18

Volume 18: The "Miscellanies," 501-832

Jonathan Edwards; Edited by Ava Chamberlain

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July 11, 2000
592 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300083309
Cloth

Throughout his ministerial career, Jonathan Edwards filled a series of private notebooks with writings on a wide variety of theological topics, numbering his entries—some 1,400 of them—in sequence. This book, the second of four volumes devoted to these “Miscellanies,” contains entries written during the decade of the 1730s, from July 1731 to approximately January 1740, the eve of the Great Awakening. They record the development of Edwards’ thought as he first emerged as a public spokesperson for orthodox Calvinism, assumed a leadership role in colonial New England church politics, and acquired an international reputation as an evangelist for his role in the revivals in the Connecticut River Valley of 1734 and 1735.

Edwards used the “Miscellanies” as a repository for ideas that he intended to develop in future sermons and treatises, and these entries contain the seeds of such contemporaneous works as Justification by Faith Alone and The History of the Work of Redemption. These entries also record how the Connecticut Valley revivals influenced Edwards’ thoughts on such important theological topics as the significance of perseverance, the nature of spiritual knowledge, justification by faith alone, the rationality of the Christian religion, the history of the work of redemption, and conversion and the religious life.

Ava Chamberlain is assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Wright State University.

"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

“This volume of Edward’s ‘private notebooks,’ containing entries from 1733 to 1740, chronicles his sustained barrages against deism, which he considered Christianity’s most insidious enemy. . . . These entries will help historians sort out Edward’s views on justification, which have yet to be decisively assessed. They show that Edwards grounded justification in ontological union between Christ and the believer and put increasing emphasis on perseverance.”—Religious Studies Review



“Students, pastors, and scholars alike would do well to acquire this volume, along with the others in the Yale series. . . . Chamberlain’s careful presentation of Edwards’s Miscellany entries 501-832, along with her insightful introduction, make this volume a welcome new edition to the series and one worthy of consideration.”—Stephen J. Nichols, Westminster Theological Journal
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