Written in 1746 during the First Great Awakening, Religious Affections remains an important and challenging Christian treatise. Concerned that many people do not display true “religious affections,” Jonathan Edwards attempts to “discern…wherein true religion does consist.” Balancing between extreme “intellectualism” and extreme “emotionalism,” Edwards argues that emotions are an important part of true religion, but that one must distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate emotions. He provides both “negative” or unreliable signs of true religious emotions, and “positive” or reliable signs of true religious emotions.
A CAREFUL AND STRICT INQUIRY INTO THE MODERN PREVAILING NOTIONS OF THAT FREEDOM OF WILL WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE ESSENTIAL TO MORAL AGENCY, VIRTUE. AND VICE, REWARD AND PUNISHMENT, PRAISE AND BLAME. Rom. ix. 16 it is not him that willeth. Edwards, Jonathan – Freedom of the Will (wlue777)