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Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin
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God, Freedom and Evil by Alvin Plantinga
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An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity by Jonathan Edwards
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George M. Marsden
“Having once thought that most of his parishioners shared the life-changing encounter with blazing beauty, it was all the harder for him to see them day after day preoccupied with petty jealousies, avarice, and lusts, and to endure their sullen expressions and bored irreverence as they went through the forms of weekly worship.”
George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards

George M. Marsden
“Regeneration, in other words, changed the whole person by changing the love at the heart of the person's being.”
George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards

George M. Marsden
“Edwards followed what he believed the proper procedure whenever contemplating a move: he agreed to convene an ad hoc council of clergy that would meet in May to advise him what to do.26”
George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards

George M. Marsden
“True saints," Edwards observed with typical God-centeredness, are "inexpressibly pleased and delighted with ... the things of God." Hypocrites, by contrast, revel in themselves. "The hypocrite has his mind pleased and delighted, in the first place, with his own privilege, and the happiness which he supposes he has attained, or shall obtain."58”
George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards

G.K. Chesterton
“I want to adore the world, not as one likes a looking-glass, because it is one’s self, but as one loves a woman, because she is entirely different. If souls are separate love is possible. If souls are united love is obviously impossible. A man may be said loosely to love himself, but he can hardly fall in love with himself, or, if he does, it must be a monotonous courtship. If the world is full of real selves, they can be really unselfish selves. But upon Mrs. Besant’s principle the whole cosmos is only one enormously selfish person.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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