Having graduated from Yale at seventeen, Jonathan Edwards is ranked among America's
most preeminent philosopher-theologians. Both in academic and pastoral settings,
Edwards was particularly famous for his staunchly Calvinist ideas. In his Treatise on
Grace (as well as in other well-known works, such as his Freedom of the Will treatise), Edwards defends Calvinist teachings on grace, predestination, sanctification,
and divine providence. The theologian meant this essay to serve as an educational tool. In
detail, he systematically surveys and explains each major point of the doctrine of grace.
Edwards holds his readers’ ability to understand to high standards, and he intentionally
challenges them. While Edwards’ text may be difficult, reading it carefully is assuredly