Boston: Printed and Sold by S. Kneeland, 1750. ,viii,vi,421,pp., including contents and subscribers lists. Contemporary calf boards, rebacked in the twentieth century in antique-style calf, raised bands, corners repaired. Tanned and foxed. A few leaves with small tears, affecting a letter or two of text. Good. Item #WRCAM45241
The influential first work by the Congregationalist minister Joseph Bellamy, who studied under Jonathan Edwards and was the pastor of the church in Bethlehem, Connecticut for some fifty years. Edwards and Bellamy had a long friendship, and Edwards read the manuscript and wrote the preface to this volume. Bellamy was a leading New Light minister, and this work is a lengthy refutation of the views of Arminians and Antinomians. It is "his most important publication. It is essentially a text that explains Calvinist Congregational orthodoxy as defined by Jonathan Edwards....The work established Bellamy's reputation as a theologian, a reputation he solidified over the next two decades by defending such doctrines as Original Sin and by denouncing such 'unscriptural' practices as the Half-Way Covenant. Scores of young men studying for the Congregational ministry sought out Bellamy as their mentor, and Bellamy's home in Bethlehem became an informal seminary" - ANB. EVANS 6462. NAIP w029599. ANB 2, pp.522-523.