Books: The Sense of the Heart

JONATHAN EDWARDS (348 pp.)—Perry Miller—Sloane ($3.50).

On the horizon back of Boston in 1740, there appeared a swirl of religious excitement no bigger than a preacher's warning forefinger. A Bostonian described it with disgust: "The meeting was carried on with . . . some screaming out in Distress and Anguish . . . some again jumping up and down . . . some lying along on the floor . . . The whole with a very great Noise, to be heard at a Mile's Distance, and continued almost the whole Night."

Yet in a few months the swirl became a whirlwind of religious...

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