The Soteriology of Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley – John Boruff

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

Embracing a Puritan View of

Justification and Sanctification,

and a Wesleyan Arminian View of

God’s Grace and Free Will,

For the Promotion of Great Awakenings,

By Means of Evangelical Preaching

The leading Calvinist preachers of the Evangelical Revival consciously revived the doctrine and piety of the Puritans. The New Englander Jonathan Edwards was ‘first and last a Puritan theologian.’ The Presbyterian Samuel Davies noted that before the revival awakening had come ‘on reading some Authors of the last Century, particularly Bolton, Baxter, Flavel, Bunyan.’ During the early years during his fame as a revivalist, the Anglican George Whitefield was reading Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Isaac Watts’ hymns, and Daniel Neal’s History of the Puritans. By 1741, he hoped to see ‘the spirit of scriptural Puritanism universally prevail,’ and confessed (admittedly to a New Englander) ‘I am more and more in love with the good old Puritans.’ John Wesley, who held on to the Arminianism of his High Church father, had more eclectic spiritual tastes, but he too drew on Puritan influences, editing and republishing many Puritan works in his Christian Library (while carefully excising dubious predestinarian doctrine). [The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism, p. 335].

Dr. Gerstner wrote this introduction to the theology of the great New England Puritan. There are eleven chapters on such topics as “Reason and Revelation”, “The Trinity”, “Man and His Fall”, “Sin”, “The Atonement”, “Justification”, “Sanctification”, and several others. If you simply want an introduction and overview of Edwards’ theology, this is what you’ve been looking for.

This is the most clearest and most thorough book I know on the soteriology of John Wesley.

– Cherry’s The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards

– Foster’s New England Theology

Jonathan Edwards’ Soteriology Influences: John Owen?; Thomas Shepard’s The Sincere Convert; Wollebius Christian Divinitie; William Williams Great Salvation; William Ames Marrow of Theology; Robert Bolton’s Works; Richard Baxter’s Call to the Unconverted; John Flavel’s Works; John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners; John Norton’s The Orthodox Evangelist 

  • John Wesley (1739): Moravians; Pietists; Luther’s Preface to Romans; William Perkins’ A Golden Chain (1591); Richard Baxter’s A Call to the Unconverted (1658), The Saints’ Everlasting Rest; etc., Practical Works;
  • Wesleyan Arminianism: John Wesley’s Calvinism Calmly Considered


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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Wesleyan-Arminian Reformed Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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