How ought a Christian to regard his emotions? The history of theology has answered that variously. In 1746, Jonathan Edwards published A Treatise on the Religious Affections, which is a biblical discussion of the matter, and a worthwhile read especially in today's discussions over religious experiences. This article offers a survey of the work.
Clarifying the meanings of passibility and impassibility, this article discusses the challenge of understanding the emotions of God. The author considers passibility to be heresy, since it denies the being of the true God by reducing Him to human standards. Confessing impassibility is not denying the emotions of God.
The author of this article looks at Psalms as the depiction of all parts of a religious emotional life. WIth this in mind, and with the conviction that all scripture speaks about Christ, this article looks at how the Book of Psalms reveals the emotions of Christ, such as His anger, compassion, grief, hope and joy.
Looking at the relationship between intellect, will and emotions, this article shows that the Reformed view has formed a hierarchy of the three with the intellect at the top. Looking at the biblical evidence, the author shows that there is no ground for this hierarchy. The author maintains that Scripture addresses emotions, and based on this he urges Christians to care about the feelings of others.