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"This work revealed Edwards ""as the first great philosophic intelligence in American history. The work shows his debt to Locke but also a profound originality, logical acumen, and critical discrimination in the use of terms. Its purpose was to maintain the dogmas of absolute divine sovereignty and unconditional predestination against Arminian objections found especially in Whitby's Six Discourses (1710).""--Dict. Amer. Biography, 1937, VI:36. ""The most important text Edwards wrote in the Stockbridge years, and the one often used to mark his place in the history of ideas, was A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Modern Prevailing Notions of That Freedom of Will,...(1754). The argument turned on a definition of freedom: Edwards followed custom and labeled it as the lack of restraint to do what one wills. The question of what determines the will's choice was bracketedâ€”although it always crept in, because no one argued that choice happened without some motive.... Consistent with the philosophical theology of his whole career, Edwards argued that only the regenerate person can truly choose the transcendent Good and that choice can be made only through a ""disposition"" that God infuses in the process of regeneration. Edwards rejected Hobbes's materialism along with the utilitarianism of most free-will advocates: the only freedom worth having was choosing what was ""excellent,"" and that was only divine. The best argument that determinism did not obviate blame- or praiseworthiness was Jesus, whose obedience was inevitable but still praiseworthy.""--Tracy, P. (2000-02). Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), Congregational minister and philosopher. American National Biography. Retrieved 1 Jun. 2018, from http://www.anb.org/view/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.001.0001/anb-9780198606697-e-0100257. Bound in worn 19th century leather boards with gilt oval lozenge with lettering surrounding coat of arms: ""The Society of Writer's To The Signet."" Boards are rubbed and scuffed, large are of leather worn through at corners, with bottom two corners worn down some, corners reinforced with book adhesive, modern reback with small raised bands and green morocco title label, a single floral tool in blind in each spine panel, new modern endpapers and flyleaves plus one fly leaf from an earlier rebind, moderate foxing on title page, small water stain in bottom margin of pp125-176, light to moderate foxing in contents, scattered pen and pencil annotations in margins, 2 leaves inserted later at the end are filled with pencil notes. Collation: A-Z8, Aa-Ee4, Ff4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, [iii]-xi Preface, (5) A General Table of the Contents, -414 text, (8) index, -18 Remarks on the Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Religion... 21.7 x 13.7 x 3.7cm (binding; 20.5 x 12.8 x 2.9cm (page block). Johnson: The Printed Writings of Jonathan Edwards, #186, ""Following the 'Index' are 18pp... of 'Remarks on the Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Religion, [by Lord Kames:] In a Letter to a Minister of the Church of Scotland; By the Rev. Mr. Jonathan Edwards.' The Remarks, were also published separately. Included in almost every subsequent edition of A careful and strict Inquiry, they are included in it here for the first time. They are signed by Edwards, and dated 'Stockbridge, July 25, 1757.'"" Evans: American Bibliog. #6222. Nelson R. Burr: Critical Bibliography of Religion in America, p980. "
Title: A careful and strict Inquiry into The modern prevailing Notions of that Freedom of the Will, Which is supposed to be essential to Moral Agency, Virtue and Vice, Reward and Punishment, Praise and Blame. By Jonathan Edwards, A.M. Rom. ix. 16. It is not of him that willeth--- The Third Edition.
Publisher: London:, Printed for J. Johnson, No 8, in Pater-noster-Row. M.DCC.LXVIII.: 1768 1768
Size: 18th Century Books,|American Church History,|Cong
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Item Number: 17956
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