An effective persuasive speaker is genuine, expressing an emotion that leaves the audience a common corridor to connect with the speaker on a personal level. Jonathan Edwards’s congregation experienced his emotion with every stroke of the frightening images he painted, of an angry God and a dim future in these “sinners” impressionable minds. Edwards’s images conveyed an immediate need for change in the Puritan’s devotion to God, if they wished to receive a fate greater than that of a “loathsome insect” dangling over a pit of fire held up only by the pity of an angry and inpatient God, who also hangs overhead with an impending storm “full of the dreadful storm, and big with thunder.” In an attempt to revive Puritanism in the presence of growing unorthodoxies, Jonathan Edwards used his emotion, qualifications, audience, and the occasion in his fire and brimstone approach to persuade his audience to repent with his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Edwards a well qualified, Yale-educated Puritan, came from a long line of ministers including a well liked grandfather, and father who gave him the advantage of an audience with a high willingness to listen and trust in what he preached. As an intelligent man, Jonathan Edwards also recognized the weaknesses of his audience, the New England Puritans, during the occasion of an early eighteenth century Great Awakening including: their desire to be one of the elect, their fear of an omnipotent God, and their vulnerability
English ll —4th Period
Bradstreet Edwards Essay
The Puritans have always taken a gloomy rap. Many may have seen them being characterized as dreary, glum, dull, unhappy, and haters of joyful and blissful feelings. This misleading impression of Puritanism comes from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, yet it does not reflect the colorful life many Puritans lived. Many migrated to the New World where they sought to find a new holy commonwealth in New England. They believed…
In the sermon, “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards, he uses vivid imagery and similes to frighten his audience so they can one hundred percent dedicate themselves to God or they will drop into the deadly red flames of hell.
Edwards uses devastating images of hell to convince his audience that hell is real, so they can be terrified and stop sinning before they end up in the lake of misery. Edwards says that once God gets tired of the Puritans sinning, he will let…
Unit 1 Essay
February 21, 2014
Role of Religion in Puritan Times.
In the Puritan day everyone was very religious, because barely anyone had their
own say in their beliefs. If a person was to say that they were not a believer, they would
be considered a witch and would be hanged . In the
people were hanged for
having their own beliefs. In the
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,
sermons that told people other beliefs against God is a sin…
Puritans are members of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries advocated strict religious discipline along with simplification of the ceremonies and creeds of the Church of England. This may sound like a regular religion, but to me Puritans are a group of refugees led by zealous leaders that wanted to purify the English protestant church by publicly criticizing people for not living by their very strict rules to earn salvation.
Puritanism is the principles…
captured by Native Americans for eleven weeks. Once freed Rowlandson began to write one of the most famous narratives in American history. Through Rowlandson’s writing she shows her Puritan views. In her work you can identify Puritan elements, the role of God, and language Rowlandson uses. These characteristics all portray Puritan ideas which are documented in history.
Throughout Rowlandson’s narrative many characteristics of puritanism are seen. The first being the grace of God. This means even though…
The purpose of Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “The Sinner’s in the Hands of an Angry God,” is to influence the listeners to absorb the Puritan beliefs. The sermon uses powerful imagery, various metaphors and intense emotion to portray the wrath of an angry God towards the sinners. Thus, Edwards impresses upon the audience, the fury of the God towards those who haven’t repented their sins. The use of imagery by Edwards helps him to convey his message to the audience in an effective manner. One instance…
analytical skills, my personal difficulties, as well as my successes.
I learned about the lives of Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards. I learned that Anne was a Puritan and Jonathan was a Christian. I found out that Anne is originally from England. She got married and had eight children. She is also one of the first successful female writers of the New World. Jonathan Edwards started Yale at the age of 13. He was considered to be a child prodigy. He was also into politics theology, and obviously…
Back then Early Settlers had big religious beliefs and dominant philosophical ideas. The puritans believed that the world has fallen and that people were sinners who could be only redeemed through the grace of god. Puritans wanted to “purify” the Church of England. Puritans also believed that people should enter freely into agreements concerning their government. To the Early settlers, puritanism was really important to them along with religion, hope and faith, and Rationalism in…
March 24, 2010
Errata in the Hands of an Un-Angry God:
A Comparison of Edwards and Franklin
Oberg and Stout put it best in the introduction of their book Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture, “It is difficult, if not impossible to, think of two more widely studied colonial figures than Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards. As Franklin and Edwards have been studied individually over generations, so also have they been looked at together”…
someone they truly love. These values started in the past, are currently here, and will shape the future. The earliest noted era, the puritan era, is where values will start to be noted.
The puritan era, dating back to the 1700’s, was focused on religion as the direction of the future. Anne Bradstreet talks about religious values really well and thoroughly in the puritan era. In one of her pieces, “On my Dear Grandchild, Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November 1669, Being but a Month and One Day Old…