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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 [18--]
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 [18--]
(OCoLC)656765678
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Edwards
OCLC Number: 2085705
Notes: On spine: Edwards on revivals.
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

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