The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, a religious treatise by Jonathan Edwards, is one of the great classics of revival literature. A key religious leader during the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards wrote this important text in 1741, just after the revival had reached its peak. In his thorough exploration of the true and false signs of revival, drawn from 1 John 4, Edwards concludes that while a religious movement may be accompanied by excesses and questionable actions, these signs do not necessarily disqualify it as authentic. Edwards embraces a genuine enthusiasm in these manifestations while stressing the need for biblical discernment. His critique is kind and gentle as he points to the true marks of revival: love and humility.
In The Spirit of Revival, Dr. Archie Parrish makes Edwards’s entire work more accessible by modernizing the text and adding explanatory notes. R. C. Sproul’s extended introduction compares the great theologian’s time to our own, and the preface by Edwards’s contemporary William Cooper rings resoundingly to the people of God today. Edwards’s message provides more than just insight into the Great Awakening. It is a map to follow for all revivals in all times.
“This edition will enable the curious to get a taste of eighteenth-century American religion and its most celebrated theologian.” — Gerald R. McDermot , Religious Studies Review
“This reader-friendly volume begins with an introductory essay by Sproul…. For readers unfamiliar with Edwards, Sproul’s essay is a valuable introduction. The book includes a discussion guide and a suggested application of the material for small-group settings.” — Glen R. Kreider , Bibliotheca Sacra
Robert Charles Sproul, noted speaker, author, and minister, is also the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. His broadcast, Renewing Your Mind, may be heard weekly across the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. R.C. Sproul is a senior minister at St. Andrews Chapel, the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, and has taught theology and apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary.