RARE FIRST EDITION OF JONATHAN EDWARDS TWO DISSERTATIONS
Two Dissertations, I. Concerning the End For Which God Created the World. II. The Nature of True Virtue.
Edwards, Jonathan and Thomas Foxcroft.
Item Number: 82345
Boston: S. Kneeland, 1765.
First edition of this important work by Edwards. Small octavo, full calf, rebacked. In good condition with some dampstaining to the first few pages. Rare.
Edwards argues against the people of his day who claimed that human happiness was the end for which God created the world. Edwards instead puts forth the idea that the reason for God's creation of the world was not human happiness, but the magnification of his own glory and name. Edwards then continues to argue that since true happiness comes from God alone, human happiness is an extension of God's glory, and that there are "ultimate" ends and "chief" ends, but they all end at the same conclusion. Edwards, like in Virtue, discusses how there is no true happiness without being happy in God (John Piper).