The Philosophical Structure of Jonathan Edwards's Religious Affections

Roger Ward

Jonathan Edwards's Religious Affections is a complex theological and philosophical text. In this essay the author describes a structure implicit in the text of Affections, focusing primarily on the twelve signs of gracious affections in Part III. This structure reflects the way Edwards raised conversion to a philosophical rubric. Awareness of this rubric illuminates this text as well as Edwards's larger intention of describing experimental religion. Roger Ward is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown College.

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