by Jonathan Dickinson
THE TRUE SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE CONCERNING SOME IMPORTANT POINTS OF CHRISTIAN FAITH:
PARTICULARLY ETERNAL ELECTION, ORIGINAL SIN, GRACE IN CONVERSION, JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH, AND THE SAINTS' PERSEVERANCE.
Written during the height of the First Great Awakening in America, Dickinson's volume is widely considered one of the first and most important texts on Calvinism in a uniquely American context. The author defends the doctrine of original sin, predestination, and justification and extends a clarion call for repentance. Dickinson explains the role of Christ's sacrifice in the conversion of sinners and lays stress upon the sufficiency of Christ for the sanctification of believers. This volume contains five discourses on Calvinism delivered by the first president of the College at Princeton, New Jersey (now Princeton University).
Jonathan Dickinson (1688-1747) first president of the College of New Jersey. "His pen was active in all the religious controversies of his day, and indeed his ability to define authoritatively such a variety of theological issues led Dr. Erskine of Edinburgh to remark that the British Isles had produced no such critics on Divinity in the eighteenth century as Dickinson and Edwards."--Dict. of Amer. Biography, V:301-2. Dickinson was a staunch supporter of Whitfield's revival efforts and intimate friend of David Brainerd. Sprague: Annual Amer. Pulpit, III:16 states "It may be doubted whether, with the exception of the elder Edwards, Calvinism has ever found an abler or more efficient champion in this country, than Jonathan Dickinson."
Table of Contents
I. Discourse on Election
II. Discourse on Original Sin
III. Discourse on Conversion
IV. Discourse on Justification by Faith
V. Discourse on the Saint's Perseverance