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Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity (Jonathan Edwards Collection)

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What is a true Christian? What is the church? Though these are fundamental questions they often go unanswered in our current evangelical context. Far too many pastors and thinkers celebrate the trappings of faith and the mere benefits of Christianity, ignoring the biblical testimony on true conversion that shouts from countless texts from Scripture.

This has fed an age-old
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Moody Publishers (first published 2010)
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Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good book about Jonathan Edwards, and also about nominalism and true Christianity. So much of what he witnessed in the 18th century is just as true today.
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Scott

The Essential Edwards Collection
On True Christianity
Owen Strachan an Doug Sweeny

This is one of a five-volume set on the life and works of Jonathon Edwards. This particular volume deals with the issue of true Christianity. This volume contains five chapters: 1) The Contemporary Problem of Nominal Christianity, 2) The Problem of Nominal Christianity in Edward’s Day, 3) Edward’s Answer to Nominal Christianity, 4) Powerful examples of True Christianity, and 5) Edward’s Dism
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: jonathan-edwards
Not the best in the series because it had far more of an agenda and less of an honest look at Edwards work and thought. Its a dangerous thing to ask Christians to question other Christian's profession of faith wholesale.

The main argument for the need and emphasis on conversion is what kept it from a lower score.

And dealing with luke-warm Christians is a real concern. But for you? Every layman? Christian leadership? It was a polemic work with a low view of Ecclesiology and true biblical authori
Aaron Will
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good end to a good series. I enjoyed the Essential Edwards Collection, which has whet my appetite to take on some works by Edwards himself. By the end of it I was really ready for more Edwards and less commentary, but the authors accomplished their goal I believe. And the reflections on examining our Christianity for authenticity are timely. Here are some more in depth thoughts on my favorite highlights:
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
On True Christianity, like the other four in the series, is an accessible introduction to the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards. The strength of this contribution to the series is that it is unbelievably applicable to today's nominally Christian subculture (especially in the South). Strachan and Sweeney draw out some of Edwards' most helpful guidelines for understanding true Christianity. This book is a very helpful tool for any Christian's toolbox in evangelism and devotional life.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
A good book that was a quick read. It seemed basic and sound but writing this review several months later I seem unable to remember much specifically. Sorry for an ambiguous review but I suppose it did not impact me greatly. If this was someone's first introduction to Edwards I'm sure it would be much more valuable but I've read some Edwards already.
Luke Miller
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
First of five books in this series introduction to the writing of Jonathan Edwards. This book covers the basics of his teaching on true conversion. I was expecting these books to have more of his writing and less commentary on his writing. But I still enjoyed this book. On this topic, I think I would still recommend "Religious Affections", even though it's a more challenging read.
Haley Olson
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith
This mini series is a great teaser, an appetizer that makes you want to dig into the actual texts of Jonathan Edwards. There are glories and joys and truths to be drawn out of scripture, and he has the gift of making you see them. You will be drawn in and challenged to enjoy Christ more fully.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Great wee book introducing the reader to Jonathan Edwards, and challenging one of the huge problems he faced in another era, that of nominal Christianity within churches.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
This book describes how Jonathan Edwards confronted the problem of nominal Christianity in his day and how it cost him dearly. It gives implications of Edwards' teaching for today.
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Owen Strachan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) teaches at Boyce College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also directs the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement and serves as a Fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians.
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