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Jonathan Edwards

Datum narození: 5. říjen 1703
Datum úmrtí: 22. březen 1758

Jonathan Edwards byl severoamerický evangelikální teolog a filozof, duchovní kongregační církve v Massachusetts.

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„Není nic [jiného], co v každý jeden okamžik drží porušeného člověka mimo peklo, než pouhé Boží zalíbení [v něm].“

„God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.“ The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 17: Sermons and Discourses, 1730-1733


„God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.“

„Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important.“ A careful & strict inquiry into the modern prevailing notions of that freedom of the will, which is supposed to be essential to moral agency, virtue & vice, reward & punishment, praise & blame...

„Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.“

„Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.“

„Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.“

„All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind.“


„A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on Him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom; and that it is by God's power that he is upheld and provided for, and that he needs God's wisdom to lead and guide him, and His might to enable him to do what he ought to do for Him.“

„You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.“

„Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind.“

„He that has doctrinal knowledge and speculation only, without affection, never is engaged in the business of religion.“


„And yet some people actually imagine that the revelation in God’s Word is not enough to meet our needs. They think that God from time to time carries on an actual conversation with them, chatting with them, satisfying their doubts, testifying to His love for them, promising them support and blessings. As a result, their emotions soar; they are full of bubbling joy that is mixed with self-confidence and a high opinion of themselves. The foundation for these feelings, however, does not lie within the Bible itself, but instead rests on the sudden creations of their imaginations. These people are clearly deluded. God’s Word is for all of us and each of us; He does not need to give particular messages to particular people.“

„Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God.“

„Godliness is more easily feigned in words than in actions“ The Religious Affections

„Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls.“

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