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Jonothan Edwards Essay

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Jonothan Edwards
Works Cited Not Included He was considered a genius, quoted as a man of formidable intellect and master of puritan revival. During his time, he was an uncompromising Calvinist and he had the power of single-handedly keeping the Puritan faith strong and alive for almost sixty years by using a sort of influential scare tactic to provoke his audience. His name was Jonathan Edwards and his use of imagery was exquisite. In one of his great sermons
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Edwards used phrases and parallelism that could simply move his listener or reader. Edwards described his view of a vengeful God and the consequences of sin with such strong emotion and vividness that it was sure too shaken up most, if
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Edwards stresses that man is basically nothing, while God is almighty with the power to eliminate the evil man at any given moment. In one statement Edwards says, "What are we that we should think to stand before Him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles and before Whom the rocks are thrown down!" (Edwards, 290), which clearly shows God's great strength and man's irrelevance and weakness. Edwards also explains that evil man, "....are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell..." (Edwards, 290). Any reader can clearly see that Edward's thought of God in a very competent manner while man was extremely vile and feeble. Edward's points were very straightforward and firm. A reader could see and feel Edward's imagery very effectively about God being in a much higher level than man.

Secondly, Jonathan Edwards gives his accounts of a vengeful and almighty God with an even more powerful use of imagery in middle parts of his sermon. Edwards states that, "God has so many different, unsearchable ways of taking wicked men out of the world and sending them to hell..., to destroy any wicked man, at any moment..."(Edwards, 293). Edwards shows a great respect for God's power and he portrays God as being a less compassionate God as most religious persons view Him today. Edwards describes God as in a position of great superiority by saying that God has the weak and evil man in the palm of His hands. Edwards states,
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