Before its first publication in 1971, the three essays that comprise Jonathan Edwards’ Treatise on Grace had never appeared in a collection. This book presents these three rare pieces and his Essay on the Trinity along with brief introductory sketches to their context and their relevance to his more widely known work.
The concept of divine grace was a pivotal notion in the theology of Jonathan Edwards. He had inherited a ‘covenant’ theology from his Puritan forebears, which supposed that the Holy Spirit was the ‘agency of application’ through which the Father granted grace to the elect after the Son’s sacrifice. In these essays, Edwards attempts to modify this inherited doctrine. Instead of being the ‘agency of application’ utilised by the Father, Edwards suggests that the Holy Spirit is the gift given itself. The Treatise on Grace is a classic work of American theology from one of the country’s most important theologians.