Treatise on Grace

by Jonathan Edwards

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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 rewarding.

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Jonathan Edwards
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Source: Wikipedia
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