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No Rest For The Wicked Essay

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Jonathan Edwards wrote the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” to drive the fear of going to hell into the hearts of believers and nonbelievers alike. Edwards was born into a family of thirteen in East Windsor, Connecticut in 1703. He was the only son out of his eleven siblings; he ended up going to Yale and graduated valedictorian. He became a student minister in his grandfather’s church, when his grandfather died Edwards was his predecessor and took it over as the head minister (“Jonathan Edwards”). Edwards held numerous revivals and used a fire and brimstone style of preaching in his sermons. “...many believers considered revivals of God’s gift for the creation of a Christian ...view middle of the document...

“The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked; his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times so abominable in his eyes, as the most hateful and venomous serpent is in ours” (Edwards 91). He was clearly driven by religious motives to speak to the people, as several Puritan era pieces are.

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is written in a Puritan style, shown through religious beliefs, and how sinners face despair. The sermon, however was written during the shift to the Age of Reason, Edwards uses several metaphors and is extremely descriptive. Originally Puritan writings were exceptionally plain and clean cut; they did not evoke such emotion or seem to be written with much passion. It is clear, though, that Edwards held on to his Puritan ways as he refrained from deist ideas that everyone is inherently good. He...

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