Jonathan Edwards: The First Critical Biography, 1889

Jonathan Edwards: The First Critical Biography, 1889

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Overview

While there were earlier biographies and memoirs of Jonathan Edwards, the great eighteenth-century religious figure, than the one written by A. V. G. Allen, they were apologetic versions that had been produced by Edwards's disciples. Allen's stands out as the first to approach the life of Edwards comprehensively and critically, attempting to discern the positive and negative elements in his thought. Nearly forgotten today, Allen's book deserves a place among the landmark studies on Edwards.


Alexander Viets Griswold Allen (1841-1908) was an Episcopalian priest and theologian educated at Andover Theological Seminary. After being the first rector of St. John's Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, he was appointed Professor of Church History in the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His principal writings are Continuity of Christian Thought; Freedom in the Church, or, The Doctrine of Christ; Christian Institutions; and Life and Letters of Phillips Brooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556357169
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Series: Jonathan Edwards Classic Studies Series
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alexander Viets Griswold Allen (1841-1908) was an Episcopalian priest and theologian educated at Andover Theological Seminary. After being the first rector of St. John's Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, he was appointed Professor of Church History in the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His principal writings are Continuity of Christian Thought; Freedom in the Church, or, The Doctrine of Christ; Christian Institutions; and Life and Letters of Phillips Brooks.

Table of Contents

The Parish Minister, 1703-1735
I     1
Childhood
Early Life
Notes on the Mind
II     21
Resolutions
Diary
Conversion
III     38
Settlement at Northampton
Marriage
Domestic Life
IV     52
Edwards as a Reformer
Sermons on Dependence and Spiritual Light
Special and Common Grace
V     78
The Moral Government of God
Future Punishment
Justification by Faith
VI     103
Edwards as a Preacher
His Imprecatory Sermons
The Great Awakening, 1735-1750
I     133
Revival at Northampton
Narrative of Surprising Conversions
II     161
The Great Awakening
Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God
III     177
Evils and Abuses of the Great Awakening
Thoughts on the Revival
Treatise on the Religious Affections     218
V     232
Union in Prayer
David Brainerd
VI     248
Dismissal from Northampton
Qualifications for Full Communion
The Philosophical Theologian, 1750-1758
Removal to Stockbridge as Missionary to the Indians     273
The Freedom of the Will     281
Defence of the Doctrine of Original Sin     302
Treatise on the Nature of True Virtue     313
God's Last End in the Creation     327
The Doctrine of the Trinity     338
Conclusion     377
Bibliography     391
Index     395

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