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Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was considered by many the greatest theologian America has produced, and one of the greatest intellects of his time, having begun the study of Latin at age 6, entered Yale College at 13 and graduated with honors at 17. He began entertaining religious thoughts at college, was converted in his early 20’s, and became known throughout his life as a loving father, husband, minister, and a man of intense spiritual devotion and prayer. He is most known for his significant role in the American religious revival known as the “Great Awakening,” and is perhaps most remembered for one of the world’s most famous sermons, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” During and following these momentous years in the 1740’s, he wrote detailed recollections and commentary on the revival, which he believed had produced many sincere converts but many counterfeit ones, a phenomenon he discusses in detail in what is perhaps his greatest spiritual and theological work, The Religious Affections. After a 22-year pastoral ministry in the Congregational church at Northampton, Massachusetts, he was dismissed over a controversy involving eligibility to partake in Communion, and proceeded to minister faithfully for 6 years among the Housatonic Indians in what was then the frontier town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1757 he was urged to accept the presidency of the then-fledgling Princeton College, but died five weeks later.

An Excerpt from

A Treatise on Religious Affections

by Jonathan Edwards


Concerning the Nature of the Affections
and their Importance in Religion

1 Peter 1:8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

The Experience of the Early Christians

Vigorous Affections Bring to Life ALL
of Human Experience

Specific Holy Affections which are Essential
to True Religion

The True Religion of Departed Saints in heaven

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