Religious Affections

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.

Tim Perrine
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Jonathan Edwards
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: October 5, 1703, East Windsor, Connecticut
Died: March 22, 1758, New Jersey
Related topics: Biography, Congregational churches--Clergy, Congregational churches, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works
Basic information: Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a Christian preacher and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals. Edwards's theological work is broad in scope, but he is often associated with Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage.
Popular works: Select Sermons, Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume One, Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume Two, Freedom of the Will, Religious Affections

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