Analysis Of Sinners In The Hand Of An Angry God

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous poet once quoted the following, “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” Anger as we all know can be a very powerful emotion that can have many different effects, firstly on the person that is experiencing the emotion, secondly the person or persons who is around the said anger filled individual. However, the intention of this paper is not to focus on anger, but to focus on the persuasion that people can use when giving speeches or in this case, preaching. John Edwards, a preacher in the new world takes the time to diligently preach his congregation, this is now the writing we know as, Sinners in the hand of an Angry God. While exploring this piece of writing, it is important to note that John Edwards uses many ways to persuade his congregation to believe that God is angry. The keys to his persuasion are as following, the people are out of God’s grace, they are wicked, and everyone has committed a sin. Firstly, in Sinners Edwards persuades that the people in his congregation are out of God’s grace, which in short means that they are no longer in God’s favor. Just for imagination sakes, every one of these people in Edward’s congregation are good church going people, however; being told that you are no longer in God’s favor would no doubt make you question your faith. This isn’t the main key factor of his persuasion it is in fact he provides a vivid description of Hell, which strikes the fear right into the
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