Thoughts on Religious Experience Paperback – January 1, 1998
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About the Author
- Publisher : Banner of Truth (January 1, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0851517579
- ISBN-13 : 978-0851517575
- Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 1.09 x 8.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #815,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Academic and Emotional
Alexander (1771-1851) was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church at just 20 years old. He was later unanimously chosen as the leading professor of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1812. This book showcases his work having the heart of a minister and the mind of a professor.
Drawing from his own observations and from case histories found in Christian biography, Alexander writes with academic vigor and emotional honesty.
Exhortations and Encouragement
At the beginning of the book, Alexander speaks on early “impressions” of the faith and distinguishes them from conversions. This sort of descriptive language is characteristic of Alexander as he helps the reader understand. In later chapters, he speaks of “growth in grace,” including evidences of it and practical directions toward making progress in piety.
Alexander makes a point to distinguish perpetual versus temporary backsliding. He notes that while Christians have the duty to move toward backsliding brethren, the Lord will often make use of his own means to restore. This acted as both an exhortation and encouragement as I was reading.
Affliction and Suffering
Trials play a prominent role in the religious experience of believers, and Alexander makes it clear that Christ has chosen his people to be refined through affliction and suffering. I was reminded and repented of my disbelief, that even up to the death bed of the believer we are to admire and celebrate instances of sovereign grace.
The final chapters act as an appendix, presenting several of Alexander’s pastoral letters. These include letters to the aged, counsels of the aged to the young, counsels to Christian mothers, a letter to a mourning, afflicted widow, and a letter to a bereaved widower. They were inspiring to read, and a treasure to reflect on. His words contain timeless truths.
The Maker and Mover
This book will reward a slow and careful read. There is a lot to unpack, and Alexander demands your full attention. It is hard to put words to true and genuine religious experiences. We’re talking about the thoughts and intentions of the heart. But this book does well to examine and explain what is truly taking place. And it will draw your attention to the reality of the maker and mover behind our religious experiences.
I received a media copy of Thoughts On Religious Experience and this is my honest review.