"Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life": Rare First Edition of Jonathan Edwards' A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, In Three Parts
A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, In Three Parts.
Item Number: 54021
Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1746.
First edition of Edwards’ Great Awakening classic. Octavo, bound in contemporary full calf. In very good condition with some light rubbing and wear to the extremities. First editions are rare and desirable.
A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections is a famous publication written in 1746 by Jonathan Edwards describing his philosophy about the process of Christian conversion in Northampton, Massachusetts during the First Great Awakening, which emanated from Edwards' congregation starting in 1734. Edwards wrote the Treatise to explain how true religious conversion to Christianity occurs. Edwards describes how emotion and intellect both play a role, but "converting grace" is what causes Christians to "awaken" to see that forgiveness is available to all who have faith that Jesus' sacrifice atones for all sins. This salvation is not possible through believers' imperfect good works which are simply evidence of faith, only through Christ's sacrifice which is free to all. Edwards describes the importance of testing new faith and discerning whether it is legitimate. He lays out twelve tests of true conversion, including ways of measuring allegedly fruitful works.