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A Dissertation on God's Last End in the Creation of the World. by the Late President Edwards, A.M. Revised and Corrected by the REV. C. de Coetlogon

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This was a lot more technical than I thought it would be. Honestly, I was sort of lost/bored/indifferent to a lot of the stuff after the beginning (I'm not a scholar). But it became much more meaningful and enjoyable when Edwards actually started listing the reasons God created the world along with numerous scripture references backing up his claims around chapter 2 section 4ish.

So for me the book is sort of like:
beginning: meh
middle: huh?
end: oooo!

I'm giving is 3 stars, but I suspect the ratin
Jeremy Egerer
Starts off with a beautiful treatise about the objects of human action, and ends with a good old-fashioned Scriptural bulldozing about how God created the world for His own glory.

If you've ever wondered how God could create a universe while in a state of absolute self-contentedness, or if you've ever wondered exactly what it *means* to glorify God -- or what good He gets out of it at all, being God -- then this book is a must-read.
May 13, 2009 Zachariah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Zachariah by: John Piper
(I read this in a complete works of Edwards series in my university library, so not this exact edition. Mine had tons of foot notes =] )
The first half of the work is going over the logic by which he proposes the Supreme Being would work (obviously the Christian God, but not necessarily so, at this point it is general). The second half brings in scripture, and Edwards goes through how scripture fits into his outline painted in the first section to display God's plan for the world. He wraps it up
Mike Conroy
Wow. What can I say? This book is filled with Scripture after Scripture after Scripture all showing that the chief end that God created the world for is the display of His own glory. Edwards, at times, is too philosophical and can impose systems of thoughts on the Bible rather than reading systems of thoughts from the Bible.

This book follows that pattern, but it’s right. The first half is all a philosophical look at motives, and ends or goals in people’s pursuits. And then he applies that thinki
What a beautifully written book, reminding us that God's glory is the highest good. While it could have been a bit more "devotional", this was still a soul-stirring reminder that we should strive to glorify God in all we do.
James Mc
One of the most beautiful and helpful books that I have ever read. Stunning. Hard work, though!
Very dense reasoning, but excellent.
Noel Burke
In summary, why did God make the world? For His glory. This world and all in it, though we may delight in many things is ultimately not for us. It is for the glory of God. After all, what is the chief end of man as the Westminster confession boasts? It is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. A deep book and probably not a good one to listen to on audio-book. This one is for reading and going slowly.
Lindsay Kennedy
This work is so God-centered and it's contagious. This is the theology the church today needs! It's not an easy work to read, but it's contents are for all. I want to always be dwelling on the message of this book, so as to keep my life in the correct perspective.
Not this edition. This is solid Edwardsean stuff. I wonder if the answer to the objection if selfishness in God seeking His own glory may not be supplemented with the unfolding of intraTrinitarian relations? Ie mutual glorification and submission and love?
man, the grasp on God's holiness and glory is articulated so amazingly. this book helped me glimpse into the vastness and bigness of God.
Jeff Boettcher
Edwards can be difficult to wade through, but this is a seminal work on understanding God's purpose for himself and for us.
4th reading; also read 8/19/98 and the two times I read Piper's God's Passion for His Glory
Josh Shelton
Greatest book I've ever read, hands down, no questions. (Outside the bible)
Daniel Alvers
Edwards is just that guy I love reading his work.

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The only son in a family of eleven children, he entered Yale in September, 1716 when he was not yet thirteen and graduated fou
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