The Religious Affections

by Jonathan Edwards     |     Book Summary


Author: Jonathan Edwards
Publisher: Banner of Truth
Date: Reprinted 2004
(Original: 1746)

Pages: 382

Book Summary of The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards


Religious imposters are not exclusive to the 21st century. Not only do we see them in Scripture, but also in church history. During the Great Awakening (in the 1730s and 1740s in colonial America), this was an important matter for Jonathan Edwards. As revival spread through the colonies, there was unfortunately much counterfeit activity as well — people who were caught up in religious fervor, but were never truly born again. 

Is there a way to ascertain whether or not an experience in a church or community is a genuine move of God or not? How should we think about conversion and the changes it brings into a person’s life? In stepped the greatest theological mind who ever lived on American soil to work through the answers to these questions. The Religious Affections is a classic work dealing not only with the reality of regeneration, but also points out some of the ways people are falsely assured of their salvation. 

Edwards gives an overview of religious affections, and then lays out 12 signs that are not signs of true religious affections. In the third and final part of his book he shows 12 “distinguishing signs of truly gracious and holy affections” (p. 8).





The Religious Affections

by Jonathan Edwards

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

AuthorJonathan Edwards
PublisherBanner of Truth
DateReprinted 2004 (Original: 1746)
Pages382


Overview:

Religious imposters are not exclusive to the 21st century. Not only do we see them in Scripture, but also in church history. During the Great Awakening (in the 1730s and 1740s in colonial America), this was an important matter for Jonathan Edwards. As revival spread through the colonies, there was unfortunately much counterfeit activity as well — people who were caught up in religious fervor, but were never truly born again. 

Is there a way to ascertain whether or not an experience in a church or community is a genuine move of God or not? How should we think about conversion and the changes it brings into a person’s life? In stepped the greatest theological mind who ever lived on American soil to work through the answers to these questions. The Religious Affections is a classic work dealing not only with the reality of regeneration, but also points out some of the ways people are falsely assured of their salvation. 

Edwards gives an overview of religious affections, and then lays out 12 signs that are not signs of true religious affections. In the third and final part of his book he shows 12 “distinguishing signs of truly gracious and holy affections” (p. 8).