Reverend Edwards And The Great Awakening

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It is year 1741, in Enfield, Connecticut, and Puritan Pastor Jonathan Edwards gives one of his best sermons- Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Reverend Edwards was a religious leader during “The Great Awakening”, a time of spiritual revival, and desperately wanted all of his congregation to have faith, and be saved in the Heavenly Father. As a result, Edwards crafted a sermon rich in figurative language. By constructing a sermon that relied heavily on imagery and repetition Edwards created an enduring image of hell and how one can be saved from its wretched realities. Edwards cuts straight to the core of his argument within the first paragraph when he generalizes all men in, “So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it…”. In starting his sermon in such a bold way Edwards commands the attention of the audience-believers, and sinners. Soon after, Edwards utilizes an appositive, “[This is that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ. -- ]That world of misery, that lake of burning brimstone, is extended abroad under you”. The appositive is “that lake of burning brimstone” which clarifies the “world of misery”, hell, that Edwards is referring to. By utilizing accusatory language when addressing a Puritan community as well as utilizing an appositive to refer to the blackening and burning hell, Edwards grabs attention and begins to delve

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