by Jonathan Edwards
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Written in 1746 during the First Great Awakening, Religious Affections remains
an important and challenging Christian treatise. Concerned that many people do
not display true "religious affections," Jonathan Edwards attempts to
"discern...wherein true religion does consist." Balancing between extreme
"intellectualism" and extreme "emotionalism," Edwards argues that emotions are
an important part of true religion, but that one must distinguish between
legitimate and illegitimate emotions. He provides both "negative" or unreliable
signs of true religious emotions, and "positive" or reliable signs of true
religious emotions. Religious Affections is thus profitable for study even
today, and many contemporary theologians and pastors have found Edward's work
insightful and significant. For its historical importance and its continuing
insights, Religious Affections is highly recommended.
CCEL Staff Writer