Treatise Concerning Religious Affections

Treatise Concerning Religious Affections

by Jonathan Edwards
Publisher: Pantianos Classics
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Jonathan Edwards' excellent account of the process of conversion to Christianity remains a vital source of inspiration to believers to this day.

First delivered in the 1730s, Edwards' theological discussions galvanized residents of the nascent colonial society in which he resided. This book, published in 1746, represents a collection of his lectures and preaching. Together these provide an intimate look at the attitudes to Christian faith which led to the First Great Awakening in Europe and colonial North America.

This treatise contains a thorough examination of the Christian conversion process, and the attributes by which the believer successfully aligns himself to God. It would prove influential to preachers for generations to follow; Edwards' emphasis on individual piety and a rich, inner understanding of the Bible and the word of God were a breath of fresh air to a faith formerly couched in old traditions and ceremonial procedure. His theology allowed all to participate and understand faith in an active, devotional manner.

As one of the vanguard of Christian preachers in the American colonies, Jonathan Edwards would oversee the First Great Awakening in his locality of Massachusetts. The sudden reigniting of belief greatly reinforced the resolve of colonial settlers in North America, going some distance to unite them on the often harsh and dangerous conditions of the frontier.

Owing to Edwards' intense efforts, many converted to Christianity with the distinct impression of Jesus Christ as their savior. This is contrasted to belief in ancient ceremony and public displays of tradition. Edwards' held that devotion should be fostered within the human soul, and that believers should cleave to numerous affections to attain true devotion to the Lord.

It was this conviction which led to Christianity regaining great influence among the settlers of New England. One may also infer the beginnings of the American evangelism tradition, which also placed great emphasis upon inner spiritual growth and closeness to God and Jesus Christ.

In all, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections remains a landmark text in the history of Christianity. To a large extent, it acts as a superb embodiment the revivalist tradition that so strengthened the faith during the 18th century.

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