Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (Wikipedia)Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was a preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans. Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian,” and one of America’s greatest intellectuals. Edwards’s theological work is very broad in scope, but he is often associated with his defense of Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage. Recent studies have emphasized how thoroughly Edwards grounded his life’s work on conceptions of beauty, harmony, and ethical fittingness, and how central The Enlightenment was to his mindset.

Edwards played a very critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first fires of revival in 1733–1735 at his church – First Church – in Northampton, Massachusetts. Edwards delivered the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, a classic of early American literature, during another wave of revival in 1741, following George Whitefield’s tour of the Thirteen Colonies. Edwards is widely known for his many books: The End For Which God Created the World; The Life of David Brainerd, which served to inspire thousands of missionaries throughout the nineteenth century; and Religious Affections, which many Reformed Evangelicals read even today. Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation shortly after beginning the presidency at the College of New Jersey (later to be named Princeton University), and was the grandfather of Aaron Burr. [More via Wikipedia]

  • An excellent biography of Jonathan Edwards, written by Alexander V.G. Allen, is available here.
  • Sereno Edwards Dwight’s biography can be found here.
  • Samuel Hopkins’ biography can be found here.

The Works of Jonathan Edwards:

The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners (49 pages).
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A sermon on Romans 3:19.

Pressing into the Kingdom of God (Luke 16:16)
[pdf via Digital Puritan]
Preached February 1735. Luke 16:16.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards [pdf via Digital Puritan]

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. (24 pages)
[web via Yale University] [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
A sermon on Deuteronomy 32:35. Also available as a Digital Puritan Press reprint here.

Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards. (227 pages)
[epub mobi txt web via Project Gutenberg] [web pdf via Internet Archive]
This volume contains the following:

  1. God Glorified in Man’s Dependence (1 Corinthians 1:29-31) – pdf, 20 pp.
  2. A Divine and Supernatural Light (Matthew 16:17) – pdf, 24 pp.
  3. Ruth’s Resolution (Ruth 1:16) – pdf, 19 pp.
  4. The Many Mansions (John 14:2) – pdf, 14 pp.
  5. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (Deuteronomy 32:35) – pdf, 20 pp.
    Also available as a Digital Puritan Press reprint here.
  6. God’s Awful Judgment in the Breaking and Withering of the Strong Rods of a Community (Ezekiel 19:12) – pdf, 22 pp.
  7. A Farewell Sermon (2 Corinthians 1:14) – pdf, 36 pp.

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Charity and Its Fruits: Christian Love, as Manifested in the Heart and Life. (556 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive].
A series of sixteen sermons preached to his congregation at Northampton in 1738.

The Doctrine of Original Sin Defended. (384 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God in the Conversion of Many Hundred Souls in Northampton. (438 pages)
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Originally published in 1735. Also includes “Thoughts on the Revival of Religion in New England” (1742).

Freedom of the Will.
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The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended. (493 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
Matthew 9:12.

A History of the Work of Redemption. (614 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

An Humble Inquiry into the Rules of the Word of God, Concerning the Qualifications Requisite to a Complete Standing and Full Communion in the Visible Church. (245 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

The Life of the Reverend David Brainerd. (428 pages) -popular-
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

The Millenium. (446 pages)
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Three treatises on the Millenium, one by Joseph Bellamy, one by Edwards, and one by David Austin.

Observations Concerning the Scripture Economy of the Trinity and Covenant of Redemption. (112 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

The Religious Affections. (510 pages) -popular-
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive] [txt web via CCEL]

Two Dissertations. (208 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
Containing:

  1. Concerning the End for Which God Created the World
  2. The Nature of True Virtue.

An Unpublished Essay of Edwards on the Trinity, with Remarks on Edwards and His Theology. (176 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

Collections:

Selections from the Unpublished Writings of Jonathan Edwards, of America. (228 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. Treatise on Grace.
  2. Annotations on Passages of the Bible. {Lengthy. About 300 passages are commented upon. They are listed in the order in which they appear in the Bible.}
  3. Directions for Judging of Persons’ Experiences.
  4. Outlines on several sermons. These are not full text sermons, but notes on the following passages:
    1. Matthew 7:14.
    2. 2 Timothy 3:16.
    3. Romans 5:1. (Two sermons)
    4. Acts 24:25. (Two sermons)
    5. 1 Peter 3:19-20. (Two sermons)

The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 1
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The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 2
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The Works of President Edwards, Volume 1. (536 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. Memoirs of Mr. Edwards’ Life
  2. Farewell Sermon
  3. Result of Council
  4. Treatise on Qualifications for Full Communion
  5. Reply to Rev. S. Williams.

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 2. (504 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. Work on Redemption
  2. Dissertation on the Nature of Virtue
  3. Observations Concerning the Mysteries of Scripture.

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 3. (558 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. A Narrative of Many Surprising Conversions
  2. Thoughts on Revival of Religion in New England
  3. An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement in Prayer
  4. Life of the Reverend David Brainerd, and Reflections Upon It. -popular-

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 4. (508 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections -popular-
  2. Observations Concerning Faith
  3. Reasons Against Dr. Watts’ Notion of the Pre-existence of Christ’s Human Soul.

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 5. (516 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
Containing the following:

  1. Inquiry into the Modern Prevailing Notions of Freedom of Will – pdf, 345 pp.
  2. Miscellaneous Observations Concerning the Divine Decrees in General and Election in Particular – pdf, 63 pp.
  3. Concerning Efficacious Grace – pdf, 92 pp.

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 6. (518 pages)
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Containing the following:

  1. Dissertation Concerning the End For Which God Created the World – pdf, 121 pp.
  2. The Doctrine of Original Sin Defended – pdf, 365 pp.
  3. Observations Upon Particular Passages of Scripture – pdf, 13 pp.
  4. Theological Questions – pdf, 4 pp.

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 7. (512 pages)
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Contains fifteen sermons:

  1. Justification by Faith Alone (Romans 4:5) – pdf, 122 pp.
  2. Joseph’s Great Temptation and Gracious Deliverance (Genesis 39:12) – pdf, 28 pp.
  3. Men Naturally God’s Enemies (Romans 5:10) – pdf, 49 pp.
  4. The True Christian’s Life, a Journey Towards Heaven (Hebrews 11:13-14) – pdf, 20 pp.
  5. True Grace Distinguished from the Experience of Devils (James 2:19) – pdf, 39 pp.
  6. The Excellency of Christ (Revelation 5:5-6) – pdf, 41 pp.
  7. Ruth’s Resolution (Ruth 1:16) – pdf, 18 pp.
  8. The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners (Romans 3:19) – pdf, 49 pp.
  9. The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable (Ezekiel 22:14) – pdf, 21 pp.
  10. The Eternity of Hell Torments (Matthew 25:46) – pdf, 216 pp.
  11. The Unreasonableness of Indetermination in Religion (1 Kings 18:21) – pdf, 16 pp.
  12. Unbelievers Condemn the Glory and Excellency of Christ (Acts 4:11) – pdf, 13 pp.
  13. The Folly in Looking Back in Fleeing out of Sodom (Luke 17:32) – pdf, 13 pp.
  14. God Glorified in Man’s Dependence (1 Corinthians 1:29-31) – pdf, 19 pp.
  15. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (Deuteronomy 32:35) – pdf, 17 pp.
    Also available as a Digital Puritan Press reprint here.

 The Works of President Edwards, Volume 8. (534 pages)
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Contains sermons, and an index:

  1. The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth (Hebrews 5:12) – pdf, 26 pp.
  2. God the Best Portion of the Christian (Psalm 73:25) – pdf, 15 pp.
  3. The Most High a Prayer Hearing God (Psalm 65:2) – pdf, 22 pp.
  4. Great Care Necessary, Lest We Live in Some Way of Sin (Psalm 139:23-24) – pdf, 49 pp.
  5. The Vain Self-Flatteries of the Sinner (Psalm 36:2) – pdf, 14 pp.
  6. Wicked Men Useful in Their Destruction Only (Ezekiel 15:2-4) – pdf, 24 pp.
  7. The Fearfulness Which Will Hereafter Surprise Sinners in Zion, Represented and Improved (Isaiah 33:14) – pdf, 25 pp.
  8. The Sin and Folly of Depending on Future Time (Proverbs 27:1) – pdf, 26 pp.
  9. Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (Job 27:10) – pdf, 26 pp. -popular-
  10. The Peace Which Christ Gives His True Followers (John 14:27) – pdf, 18 pp.
  11. The Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) – pdf, 42 pp.
  12. A Divine and Supernatural Light, Immediately Imparted to the Soul by the Spirit of God, Shown to be Both a Scriptural and Rational Doctrine (Matthew 16:17) – pdf, 23 pp.
  13. The Church’s Marriage to Her Sons, and to Her God (Isaiah 62:4-5) – pdf, 38 pp.
  14. The Excellency of a True Gospel Minister (John 5:35) – pdf, 24 pp.
  15. Christ, The Example of Ministers (John 13:15-16) – pdf, 21 pp.
  16. The Sorrows of the Bereaved Spread Before Jesus (Matthew 14:12) – pdf, 16 pp.
  17. True Saints, When Absent from the Body, are Present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8) – pdf, 29 pp.
  18. God’s Awful Judgment in the Breaking and Withering of the Strong Rods of Community (Ezekiel 19:12) – pdf, 20 pp.
  19. The Nature and End of Excommunication (1 Corinthians 5:11) – pdf, 20 pp.
  20. The Sin of Theft and of Injustice (Exodus 20:15) – pdf, 26 pp.

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 9. (575 pages)
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Containing:

  1. Types of the Messiah.
  2. Notes on the Bible.

The Works of President Edwards, Volume 10. (493 pages)
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Contains “Memoirs of the Reverend David Brainerd.”