Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

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“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was written by theologian Jonathan Edwards and is considered to be one of the most famous of all sermons because it is a common topic of debate for many people (who are in a religious setting). But, I am compelled to consider that there could be more to Edwards’ legacy and purpose than meets the eye. Jonathan Edwards was the son of a minister and a "highly intelligent, willful mother" (Griffin, 2007). Edwards was known for being an intellectual and profound speaker. Because he was highly intellectual, I can imagine that he had very firm opinions and ideas about the way things operated, including how the government ran the country. Edwards’ message in, “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God” was preached in a religious climate during the era of the Great Awakening. The Great Awakening preceded the American Revolution, an era when American’s fought against political issues such as high taxes, demanding their freedom and independence (Wikipedia, 2014) . The idea of an "awakening" implies a slumber or passivity during secular or less religious times. However, this can be applied to a non-religious context. I propose that “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” be examined from the perspective of compelling people to consider their weaknesses and insufficiencies (along with the insufficiencies of others) in order to encourage them to equality, and removing social hierarchy and fear. From that perspective, “Sinners in the Hands
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