A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections Additional Summary

Jonathan Edwards


(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Sources for Further Study

Crisp, Oliver D. Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2005. Chapters include “The Divine Decrees,” “Adam’s Fall,” “The Authorship of Sin,” “The Secret and Revealed Will of God,” “Temporal Parts and Imputed Sin,” and “Inherited Guilt.” Bibliography, index.

Edwards, Jonathan. Freedom of the Will. Edited by Paul Ramsey. Vol. 1 in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, edited by Perry Miller. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1957. First published in 1754, this is Edwards’s philosophical masterpiece. In it, he argues for Calvinism against Arminianism and for the doctrine that freedom of the will is not only compatible with determinism but also requires it.

Edwards, Jonathan. The Nature of True Virtue. Foreword by William K. Frankena. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1960. First published in 1765 (written in 1755), this statement is consistent with Edwards’s Treatise Concerning Religious Affections; here he argues that true virtue consists in benevolence to being in general, that is, “love to God,” and consequently that “virtue is the beauty of the qualities and exercises of the heart.”

Gura, Philip F. Jonathan Edwards: America’s Evangelical. New York: Hill and Wang, 2005. A full biography of Edwards from the early years to Princeton. Illustrated; bibliography, index.

Larsen, Dale. Jonathan Edwards—Renewed Heart: Six Studies for Individuals or Groups with Study Notes. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2002. Offers six lessons on Christian living based on Edwards’s life and passages from Scripture.

Miller, Perry. Jonathan Edwards. Introduction by John F. Wilson. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Wilson’s introduction sets the stage for students of Edwards. Bibliography, index.

Simonson, Harold P. Theologian of the Heart. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1974. A careful, detailed, and rewarding study of Edwards’s conviction that virtue requires a “sense of the heart” as affected by the grace and glory of God.