Edwards.  The Treatise on Religious Affections w/ Alleine's Alarm to Unconverted Sinners

Edwards. The Treatise on Religious Affections w/ Alleine's Alarm to Unconverted Sinners

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Edwards, Jonathan; Alleine, Joseph. The Treatise on Religious Affections; Bound with An Alarm to Unconverted Sinners in A Serious Treatise on Conversion. New-York: American Tract Society, D. Fanshaw, Printer, c. 1845. [7521]

Black leather spine with olive patterned cloth boards, 4 x 6 inches, binding worn yet still tight and boards firmly attached. 1866 birthday gift inscription on ffep. Portrait of Edwards as frontispiece, extra engraved "The Evangelical Family Library, Vol. III." title page that is partly detached. Text has foxing and is dark. 276 + 164 pp. Fair. Hardcover.

Fanshaw was dismissed as printer in 1846; this printing dates 1845-6, we believe.

Two Puritan spiritual classics.

The Treatise on Religious Affections is No. 1817 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography.

This is perhaps the most influential spiritual work to emerge from the first Great Awakening in the American Colonies.

"One sure test of any thinker is the courage and persistence he displays in attacking fundamental questions. Judged by this criterion, Edwards was a thinker of stature. Not only did he produce a formidable answer to the formidable problem of the freedom of the will, but in the present Treatise Concerning Religious Affections he struggled with the central question of Puritan Protestantism: How shall the presence of the Divine Spirit be discerned? In the Affections Edwards dared to see a perennial problem in a parochial situation; dared to believe that religious revivals in eighteenth-century New England would pose a problem as old as religion itself. By what criteria are we to judge genuine from spurious piety?...The Affections was Edwards' most concentrated and persistent attempt to deal with the fundamental question." - Editor's Introduction to the 1959 Yale University Press edition.

Joseph Alleine (1633-1688), a Puritan minister and graduate of Oxford. He was ejected in 1662 for nonconformity. “A man of great learning and greater charity; though a Nonconformist, he preserved a great respect for the Church. His writings breathe a true spirit of piety.” – Darling.