This work, published in 1737, originated as a letter to Benjamin Colman, a Congregational pastor in Boston, one year earlier. It was an attempt to examine and describe the nature of the spiritual awakening taking place in the Northampton revivals (most intense in 1734-35, and again in 1740-41). This relatively early work is in many ways a precursor to more detailed and ambitious studies of the psychology of religious experience which Edwards undertook – such as Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion (1743) and the Treatise on Religious Affections (1746).
The present work offers a simple three-fold division:
An introductory statement
Discussion of the manner and nature of conversion
Particular examples of conversions
In all, a most interesting "case study" of Christian conversion and experience during the First Great Awakening in America.
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