The thesis of Jonathan Edwards’ landmark work, Religious Affections is clear: “True religion, in great part, consists in holy affections.” This reality was embraced by the Reformers and the English Puritans. Our forefathers not only stressed the importance of theology; they stressed the necessity of holy affections, to borrow Edwards phrase.
Tragically, however a shift has taken place in the evangelical world. Emotionalism is sweeping through the church and in some circles a mystical approach to the Christian life is becoming readily accepted. This preoccupation with the mystical at best minimizes theology and at worst, mocks the very notion of theological truth.
And some at the other end of the spectrum have embraced a dry form of rationalism – one where intellectual pursuit marginalizes any thing that resembles true God-centered emotion.
Feelings and Faith: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life by Brian Borgman bridges the gap between both kinds of erroneous thinking described above. The book contains four parts:
Part One – A Biblical Theological Foundation for Understanding Our Emotions
Part Two – Biblical Sanctification and Our Emotions
Part Three – Mortifying Ungodly Emotions
Part Four – Cultivating Godly Emotions
Borgman’s work is Bible saturated and in touch with daily life. He promotes a Christ-saturated theological framework that results in holy affections to the glory of God. He writes like a Puritan with contemporary illustrations that draw readers in. Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, and John Bunyan would be proud of their student that they tutored from afar!
Feelings and Faith: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life should be read and re-read by Christians who are serious about cultivating a doctrinally rich framework that leads to communion with God.