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Edwards, Jonathan
Colonial Imprint] THE GREAT CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE OF ORIGINAL SIN DEFENDED; Evidences of it's [sic] Truth Produced, and Arguments to the Contrary Answered.
S. Kneeland, Boston, 1758. Octavo and small quarto. [2], xviii, 386, [8] pp. First Edition. Modern polished calf binding with red morocco title label on the spine. A very nice copy with contemporary owner name Richard Woodhull on the top of the final blank page; contemporary ink brackets scattered throughout the margins of the book. This copy with only 7 pages of subscribers; Johnson notes that some copies have an additional leaf of subscribers inserted (203, cited from Evans). It is difficult to overstate Edwards's contribution to the notion of self-identity and the idea of original sin argued in this work. It is a defense of the doctrine against John Taylor's widely circulated view that individuals could not be held accountable for Adam's transgression. And in its day, a significant debate. "The controversy over human deprivation which raged throughout the eighteenth century was no mere intramural squabble among theologians but an important phase of the evolution in Western man's estimate of his nature and potentialities" (The Jonathan Edwards Project, Yale University Press). Furthermore, Edwards is considered among the most influential American philosophers and theologians. Francis Christie writes, "Venerated for the saintliness of his disciplined character, he was bitterly hated because of a pitiless logical consistency that trammeled life. He created the first great religious revival of modern times; intensified the power of Calvinism to stem the tide of the world's new thought; fused the iron logic of that system with a rapture of mystic communion; and initiated a New … [Click Below for Full Description]
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