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The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1
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The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1


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Jonathan Edwards, known for his theological elegance, fiery rhetoric, and revivalist preaching, was esteemed by pastoral and theological colleagues in his own time and is now—nearly three centuries later—widely regarded as America’s greatest theologian. The Atlantic has included him in their list of the 100 most influential Americans, and William Wainwright has called him America’s most important and original philosophical theologian.

The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1 contains:

  • Memoirs of Jonathan Edwards
  • A Careful and Strict Inquiry into the Prevailing Notions of the Freedom of the Will
  • Dissertation on the End for which God Created the World
  • A Dissertation on the Nature of True Virtue
  • The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended
  • A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections
  • Narrative of Surprising Conversions
  • Thoughts on the Revival of Religion in New England
  • Inquiry Concerning Qualifications for Communion
  • Misrepresentations Corrected and Truth Vindicated, In Reply to the Rev. Solomon Williams
  • A History of the Work of Redemption
  • Five Discourses on the Soul’s Eternal Salvation

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1
  • Author: William Cunningham
  • Publisher: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2008
  • 925 pages

About the Author

Jonathan Edwards was born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut to Timothy and Esther Edwards. He began his formal education at Yale College in 1716, where he encountered the Calvinism that had influenced his own Puritan upbringing. In 1727, he was ordained as minister of the church in Northampton, Massachusetts. The First Great Awakening began in Edwards’ church three years later, which prompted Edwards to study conversion and revival within the context of Calvinism. During the revival, Edwards preached his most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and penned many of his most popular works, including The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, and The Life of David Brainerd. When the revival subsided, the church of Northampton became increasingly suspect of Edwards’ strict requirements for participation in the sacraments. Edwards left Northampton in 1750 to become a minister at a missions church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1757, Edwards reluctantly became president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), where he hoped to complete two major works—one that expanded his treatise on the history of redemption, and the other on the harmony of the Old and New Testaments. His writing ambitions were interrupted by his death in 1758, when he died of complications stemming from a smallpox inoculation.

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