Edwards in Desiring God

John Piper says in Desiring God that “Jonathan Edwards, who deeply savored the sweet sovereignty of God, is one  of the heroes of this book.” (p. 9)  Edwards is the most cited author in the book, from an index of nearly 200 (!)


Here is a list of the works cited in the book.   Everything Edwards wrote can be found at Yale’s page.  If the work can be found in the Banner of Truth Works of Jonathan Edwards, I will reference Volume 1 (B1) or Volume 2 (B2).

Miscellanies 448, 87, 332 – 22

Miscellany 679 – 22

Personal Narrative – 39, 175-6

Concerning the Divine Decrees (B2) – 39-40, 363-4, 366-7

The End for Which God Created the World (B1) – 42, 44

Treatise on Grace – 44

An Essay on the Trinity – 44

“The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners”  (B1) – 60

Freedom of the Will (B1) – 65, 363-5

Religious Affections (B1) – 85, 89, 103, 299, 352

Thoughts on the Revival of Religion in New England (B1) – 103

“The True Excellency of a Gospel Minister” (B2) – 104

“The Excellency of Christ” (B1) – 107

Charity and Its Fruits – 114

Resolutions (B1) – 159

An Humble Attempt to Promote Prayer for Revival (B2) – 179

“Blessed are the Pure in Heart” (B2) – 208

Life and Diary of David Brainerd (B2) – 242

Memoirs (B1) – 378-9


Edwards channeled through Fuller

John Piper has said that it was Dan Fuller in seminary who first introduced him to Jonathan Edwards.  Reading The Unity of the Bible has been my first large scale introduction to Edwards, other than filtered through Piper in books like Desiring God.


Jonathan Edwards is the most cited author in The Unity of the Bible.  Here is a breakdown of the various books and sermons that are referenced.  If they can also be found in the Banner of Truth Works of Jonathan Edwards, I will reference Volume 1 (B1) or Volume 2 (B2), and the pages on which the work is cited in TUOTB.


A History of the Work of Redemption (B1) – 101, 212, 214, 315-16, 455

An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity – 117, 123

Observations Concerning the Scripture Economy of the Trinity and Covenant of Redemption – 121, 132)

Treatise on Grace – 122

The End for Which God Created the World (B1) – 132-3, 189

The Nature of True Virtue (B1) – 162-3

“The Most High, a Prayer Hearing God” (B2) – 164, 165

“The End of the Wicked Contemplated by the Righteous” (B2) – 200-1

Concerning the Divine Decrees (B2) – 444, 447