New England Theology: From Jonathan Edwards to Edwards Amasa Park

New England Theology: From Jonathan Edwards to Edwards Amasa Park


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New England Theology: From Jonathan Edwards to Edwards Amasa Park by Douglas A. Sweeney

Many recognize the importance of Jonathan Edwards, yet the writings of those who followed in his theological footsteps are less widely known. This collection draws together their key works, making them accessible to a broader audience and providing readers with easy access to an important part of the Calvinist tradition in America. In addition to plentiful selections from Edwards, the volume includes eighteenth- and nineteenth-century works from writers such as Samuel Hopkins, Nathanael Emmons, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Timothy Dwight, Nathaniel W. Taylor, and Charles G. Finney. Their writings have broadly influenced evangelical theology in America, and this collection will be of great value for those interested in the study of Jonathan Edwards and the New England Theology tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801027093
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Douglas A. Sweeney (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Church History and the History of Christian Thought department and Director of the Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Allen C. Guelzo (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of the Civil War Era Studies program at Gettysburg College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 13

Part 1 Wellspring of the New England Theology: The Thought of Jonathan Edwards 25

A Divine and Supernatural Light (1734) Jonathan Edwards 27

Religious Affections (1746) Jonathan Edwards 38

An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd (1749) Jonathan Edwards 47

Freedom of the Will (1754) Jonathan Edwards 57

Part 2 The Emergence of a Movement: Early New Divinity Thought 69

True Religion Delineated (1750) Joseph Bellamy 73

A Dialogue between a Minister and His Parishioner Concerning the Half-way Covenant (1769) Joseph Bellamy 79

An Inquiry Concerning the Promises of the Gospel (1765) Samuel Hopkins 86

An Inquiry into the Nature of True Holiness (1773) Samuel Hopkins 91

Memoirs of the Life of Mrs. Sarah Osborn (1799) Sarah Osborn 98

On the Evidence of Forgiveness (1798) Nathan Strong 109

The Deceitfulness of the Human Heart (1842) Nathanael Emmons 113

The Duty of Sinners to Make Themselves a New Heart (1812) Nathanael Emmons 118

Remarks on the Improvements Made in Theology by His Father, President Edwards (1842) Jonathan Edwards the Younger 123

Part 3 The Moral Government of God: Edwardseans and the Atonement 133

The Scripture Doctrine of Atonement, Proposed to Careful Examination (1785) Stephen West 135

Three Sermons on the Necessity of the Atonement, and Its Consistency with Free Grace in Forgiveness (1785) Jonathan Edwards the Younger 140

The Sufficiency of the Atonement of Christ for the Salvation of All Men (1814) John Smalley 144

Part 4 Edwardsean Ethics: Antislavery and Missions 149

A Dialogue Concerning the Slavery of the Africans, Showing It to Be the Duty and Interest of the American Colonies to Emancipate All Their African Slaves (1776) Samuel Hopkins 151

The Injustice and Impolicy of the Slave Trade and of Slavery (1791) Jonathan Edwards the Younger 157

Society of Inquiry Respecting Missions, Historical Sketch of the Society (1833) 165

Part 5 The Exercisers and the Tasters 171

Man's Activity and Dependence Illustrated and Reconciled (1842) Nathanael Emmons 173

Essay XXX (1824) Asa Burton 179

Part 6 Theology in New Haven 187

Sermon III: Comparative Influence of Atheism and Christianity (1818) Timothy Dwight 189

Concio ad Clerum (1828) Nathaniel W. Taylor 194

Review of Spring on the Means of Regeneration (1829) Nathaniel W. Taylor 205

Lectures on the Moral Government of God (1859) Nathaniel W. Taylor 214

Part 7 Finney and the New Measures 219

Oberlin Theology James Harris Fairchild 221

Lectures on Revivals of Religion (1835) Charles G. Finney 227

Lectures on Systematic Theology (1846-47) Charles G. Finney 237

Part 8 Last of the "Consistent Calvinists": Edwards Amasa Park 245

The Theology of the Intellect and That of the Feelings (1850) 247

Edwards Amasa Park, New England Theology (1852) Edwards Amasa Par 256

Part 9 Things Sublime and Eternal: The New England Theology as Remembered by Harriet Beecher Stowe 265

The Minister's Wooing (1859) Harriet Beecher Stowe 267

Oldtown Folks (1869) Harriet Beecher Stowe 273

Select Bibliography 279

Index 318

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