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Thoughts on the revival of religion in New England, 1740 : to which is prefixed, A narrative of the surprising work of God in Northampton, Mass., 1735

Author: Jonathan Edwards
Publisher: New-York : American Tract Society, [1844 or 1845]
Series: American tract society.; Religious library.
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Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758.
Thoughts on the revival of religion in New England, 1740.
New-York : American Tract Society, [1844 or 1845]
(OCoLC)669675281
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Edwards
OCLC Number: 2085705
Notes: Originally published in 1742 under title: Some thoughts concerning the present revival of religion in New-England.
Description: 446 pages : portrait ; 20 cm.
Contents: Narrative of the surprising work of God, 1735 --
General history of the work --
The character of the work, as illustrated in its influence upon individuals --
The conversion of Abigail Hutchinson --
Conversion of Phebe Bartlet --
Gradual withdrawing of the Spirit --
Thoughts on the revival of religion in New England --
Part I. Showing that the extraordinary work that has of late been going on in this land, is a glorious work of God --
1. Error in judging of the work a priori --
2. Error in not judging of the work by Scripture as a whole --
3. Error in rejecting the work as a whole, on account of incidental defects in it --
4. Evidence that, notwithstanding defects, this is a real work of God --
5. Genuineness of the work illustrated by examples, particularly in the case of one individual --
6. The work not only genuine, but glorious --
Part II. Showing the obligations that all are under to acknowledge, rejoice in, and promote this work, and the great danger of the contrary --
1. The danger of being slow to acknowledge the work of God --
2. Reasons for believing that the great work of God for the world's conversion may begin in America --
3. The peril of coming not to the help of the Lord in the great happy day of his power and salvation --
4. Men in authority and especially ministers of the Gospel, bound to acknowledge the work of God --
Part III. Showing in many instances wherein the subjects or zealous promoters of the work have been injuriously blamed --
1. The complaint that ministers address themselves too much to the affections, and with great earnestness of voice and manner --
2. The complaint of speaking terror to those already alarmed, instead of comforting them --
3. The complaint of having too frequent meetings, and spending too much time in religion --
4. The complaint that too much is made of outcries and effects on the body --
5. The compliant of men's earnestness in warning and entreating one another --
6. The complaint of too much singing, and of religious meetings of children --
Part IV. Showing what things are to be corrected or avoided in promoting this work, or in our behavior under it --
1. The duty to consider and guard against errors into which the promoters of religion may fall --
2. Scriptural pride a prominent cause of error in a revival of religion --
3. Spiritual pride --
Some of its effects and traits --
4. Influence of wrong principles --
Claims to immediate revelation --
Incorrect views of the prayer of faith --
5. Wrong principles --
Incorrect views of an attestation of Providence --
Undervaluing external order --
7. Errors from neglect of some things, which the devil improves to our hurt --
In the inward experience of Christians, and their external effects --
8. Some particular errors which have arisen from several of the above mentioned causes --
censuring others as unconverted --
9. Some particular errors --
Lay exhorting --
Mismanagement of singing the praises of God --
Part V. Showing positively what ought to be done to promote the work --
1. Stumbling-blocks or hindrances should be removed --
2. Things that must be done more directly to advance the work --
3. Duties of ministers, and of men of influence and wealth, in advancing the work --
4. Some duties devolving upon all in general --
5. We should be faithful in moral duties.
Series Title: American tract society.; Religious library.
Other Titles: Narrative of the surprising work of God in Northampton, Mass., 1735.
Narrative of the surprising work of God in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1735.
Some thoughts concerning the present revival of religion in New-England
Revival of religion in New England, 1740
Edwards on revivals
Responsibility: by Jonathan Edwards, A.M.

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