Jonathan Edwards Persuasion

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Persuasion has caused lots of us to rethink how they live and who they are. But what exactly is persuasion? Persuasion can be defined as the attempt to convince someone that something, that they may or may not believe, is true. When used correctly, persuasion can cause almost anyone to think or do anything. Many persuasive techniques can be used to make someone think the way you want them to, or do what you want them to do. Jonathan Edwards was preacher and writer. He gave many sermons to try and persuade others to think and do what he wanted them to. One of his most well-known written sermons is Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. He used the art of persuasion in this sermon to try and convince people to change their ways before the were cast into the burning pits of hell. Some of the persuasive techniques used by Jonathan Edwards in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God were logical reasoning, emotional appeal, and imagery. Jonathan Edwards used logical reasoning to try and persuade others to repent of their sins, so that they aren’t cast into the flames of hell. First, what is logical reasoning? Logical reasoning is a persuasive technique that attempts to convince one of something by explaining it in a logical sense. For example, grass is green because of how it absorbs and reflects light. This is something that is true and cannot be changed, it cannot be easily argued with. Edwards used this technique to make sure he had something to back up his other statements that
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