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Remarks by Stuart Piggin at Launch of ‘Jonathan Edwards and the Church’

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Published Date: 12 Nov 2013

Presentation Date: 12 Nov 2013

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Event: Book Launch

‘The Church: Human Insertion in Trinitarian Life; Trinitarian Assertion in Human Life’

Rhys S. Bezzant, Jonathan Edwards and the Church (Oxford: OUP, 2014)
Launch, Ridley Melbourne,  12 November 2013

History reports to us the passions of other ages. Since their passions are not ours, our first instinct is to doubt their relevance. But then we remind ourselves that we like passion. It is part of our psyche. It is yet another of those national traits which may be traced to the most formative of all influences on the Australian character: Jesus. Passion comes from his passion. What we call passion, Jonathan Edwards called affection – our most powerful, settled inclination of the heart; and its cognate – compassion – is our most benevolent affection.

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