Timothy Dwight, Theology Explained and Defended, 4 volume set


Dwight, Timothy. Theology; Explained and Defended, in a Series of Sermons; by Timothy Dwight, S. T. D., LL. D., Late President of Yale College. With a Memoir of the Life of the Author. In four volumes. [complete]. New Haven: S. Converse, 1823. Second Edition. 

Four full leather volumes with red leather spine panels, spines ruled and numbered in gilt, 5 3/4 x 9 inches, all bindings very good with surface scuffing but no cracks or damage, all joints fine. Engraved portrait frontispiece, 576, 558, 560, 552 pp., all end papers present. Foxing throughout. Historical society stamp on the tp’s, no other institutional matter. Each volume with penciled signature and ink signature on the ffeps. A very handsome set and nicest one that we have had over the years. Very good.  [ABE1970] $450.00

Timothy Dwight, D.D., LL.D., (1752-1817), grandson of Jonathan Edwards, born at Northampton, MA. Dwight graduated at Yale College at the age of 17, in 1769. He served in the army during the American Revolution, as a chaplain to General Parson’s brigade. His father’s death in 1778 necessitated a return to his family home to take care of his mother, which he did by teaching school and by preaching. In 1783 he accepted a call to become the pastor of the parish of Greenfield, CT.  In 1795 he was elected president of Yale College and served in that capacity until 1817. “During this period there were no less than four distinct revivals of religion at the College…Some of these men filled pulpits in New England churches and were, under God, responsible for the many waves of revivals touching their local churches in the first half of the 19th century.” – Roberts. 

This set contains a biography of the author and 173 sermons setting forth the Calvinistic theology of New England. 

No. 1632 in Roberts’ An Annotated Bibliography of Revival Literature. “These volumes constitute the series of sermons to the students at Yale which Dwight repeated every four years. When you read them you do not wonder that God was pleased to bless. The first volume presents a wonderfully high view of God and was very influential in the revivals.” 

“There is no work within my knowledge, so well adapted to answer this purpose, as the admirable system of Theology by the late President Dwight. It may look a little formidable to you at first, but I am almost sure that if you once engage in reading it, you will not be impatient to find its close. While the subjects are arranged with philosophical accuracy, they are discussed with a degree of perspicuity, force, and eloquence, for which I think you will look in vain, in any similar work.” – Sprague, Letters to a Daughter, p. 82.

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