Edwards: Human Affections

“We are the higbest affected with the lowest excellencies; we have the easiest and greatest delight in things that in themselves are least delightful; things that are less beautiful and amiable in themselves, strike much quicker and deeper in with the sense and propension and constitution of the mind than things that have in themselves the highest excellence, most charming beauty and exquisite sweetness.

Yea, we can hardly bring ourselves to be in any measure pleased with the beauty, or to taste any sweetness at all, in things that are infinitely the greatest excellencies.”

-Jonathan Edwards, The Miscellanies, as recorded by Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 299.

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