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A Treatise concerning Religious Affections - Edwards, Jonathan - 1746. 
Kneeland & Green, Boston 1746 - First edition. [ii], vi, -343,  pp. 1 vols. 8vo. 'the valedictory of Edwards's evangelical career'. Edwards's most important work, written in response to Charles Chauncy's SEASONABLE THOUGHTS ON THE STATE OF RELIGION IN NEW ENGLAND (1743), which denounced affections as "passion," and necessarily profane."Edwards was thus pushed to publish in 1746 what has been regarded by many historians as his most important work, the Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, an attempt to ground the graciousness of God's Elect in an integrative understanding of the soul's actions. Where scholastic anthropology had divided the soul into 'faculties' of 'understanding' (perception and speculation) and 'will' (choice and action), Edwards - part of a broad stream of European and American eighteenth-century moral philosophy -preferred the term 'heart' to avoid a false polarity between ratiocination and emotion and to express the simultaneity of feeling and choosing. Affections might provoke bodily symptoms, but only the mind could have ideas; and affections were different from passion, which overpowered the rational exercises of the mind ? Religious Affections was the valedictory of Edwards's evangelical career" - Americdan National Biography.Perese Fobes (1742-1812), a graduate of Harvard in 1762, was Professor of Natural Philosophy and, in 1786, Vice-President of Brown University. He was also an ordained pastor of the Congregationalist Church, as such would have been intensely engaged with Edwards' book, as is indicated by his careful notes in this copy.An important American book with a distinguished provenance. Evans 5767 Later quarter sheep and boards, red leather spine label. Spine and corners scuffed but sound. With ownership signature of Peres Fobes, dated 1775; and embossed stamp of his descendant, Leonard Dogget of Pennsylvania, on flyleaf [ii], vi, -343,  pp. 1 vols. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition]
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