He was not part of the sin, but still suffered from it. His incredible knowledge of healing, a value to the entire town, was ruined by the quest for revenge upon Reverend Dimmesdale. All four of these lives were ruined, all because of one small sin committed by two people. A merciful, forgiving, benevolent god would never let that happen. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale was a young minister, who was greatly loved by the Puritan community.
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was a revival sermon written and preached by Jonathan Edwards. It draws up the three basic tenets of Puritanism which are original depravity, limited atonement, and predestination. Most Christians in today’s world do not quite agree with this view. Edwards preaches that it is only by the hand of God that people are not cast into hell giving the impression that anything a person may do to keep themselves out of hell is futile. His sermon was typical of the era and can be assumed to be quite effective.
“Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” In the “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” Edwards talks to the puritans in a form of imagery, stating how God has us in his hands and at one point he might just have to let us go because of our sins. Edwards tries to get his point across by stating the awful weight of sin, the wrath of an angry God, and the power of God and his ability to do horrible things to sinners. He wants to put fear into the unconverted people of the church. As he starts his sermon, he beings to talk about the unconverted people in a different way using the words “they” or “them” but the people already knew that sermon was referring to them. He uses this topic to penetrate main point inside the people’s hearts.
To celebrate the Reconciliation we have to spend some time thinking about what sin you have done and need to be forgiven by God. Preparation is essential in all of our lives without it we would all be all over the place. Reconciliation is a reminder to all of us that love God and he will never stop loving us no matter what. The Sacrament is also called forgiveness and penace. In the eighth chapter of Johns Gospel we read how Jesus forgave the women caught in adultery.
Protesting Religion through Prayer John Donne is directly speaking to God in Holy Sonnet XIV. This kind of direct communication can be classified as a type of prayer because it makes direct references to religion, religious texts, and also includes direct requests aimed towards God. Donne is basically a daring sinner pleading with God for redemption in a risky way. He doubts his existence and is therefore using clever literary devices such as paradoxes and extended metaphors to protest and criticize purity and the rules of religion as well as to showcase his complex frustration. Donne is challenging God and testing his tolerance by speaking with him and using words such brutal and unpleasant words as “batter”, “overthrow”, “bend”, “burn”, “imprison”, “enthrall”, and “ravish”.
The most contradictory figure of speech used is the phrase “For Brutus is an honorable man” which is repeated many times throughout the text. By saying this, Antony at first seems that he is justifying the crime and showing that it was legitimate. This one sentence however is the key to turning around the crowd because the repeated phrase scales up the sarcasm with each time it is repeated. This one repeated phrase creates the doubt in the people’s minds which will change everything. In order to give reason to his point of view Antony needs to give proof of Caesar’s moderate ambition.
The sermon, “from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” by Jonathan Edwards explains how sinners are going to go to hell because they have sin. Edwards is persuading his audience by trying to convert people, he explains to sinners what is going to happen to them and give examples describing how sinner were going to hell. Edward is trying to convert people. The reason is that he wants to build a better society, trying to make people have a relationship with God and he look down to people because they are sinners. For example, states in his sermon that, “The devil is waiting for them, hell is going for them, the flames gather and flash about them,” (pg.46), which is basically explaining how sinners are going to burn in hell and they deserve it.
Even in Puritans writing, their beliefs were the main topic. Two excellent examples of Puritan beliefs are found in the writings “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards and “Huswifery” by Edward Taylor. Contrasting figurative languages impact how one perceives the tone of a speaker in writing. “Huswifery” shows a God that is choosy, yet overall, a loving and caring God. The figurative language of the poem is used to compare speaker to a spinning wheel or more specifically the speaker’s relationship with god.
Captivating someone’s emotions is most effective to catch and keep their attention. In the accomplished sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards applies extensive use of rhetorical strategies, but the most persuasive are metaphors utilized through pathos in an attempt to sway the acts of sinners, the natural men to be morally correct. While discussing the natural men’s wickedness, Edwards states “All your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold [the natural men], and keep [the natural men] out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a fallen rock” (Edwards 8), giving his unconverted audience the idea that God is the single force who is the deciding factor of whether they are saved, or dropped to eternal damnation. Edwards compares sinners to spiders, creatures despised by humans just as sinners are detested by God, displaying to Edwards unconverted congregation how poorly God thinks of them. Righteousness is showcased as the natural men’s sin and weakness.
“The God … abhors you!” Imagine a preacher who would openly insult the congregation, tell them they were all damned, and that they could and should go to hell. Jonathan Edwards was one of these preachers. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards uses strong imagery to “excite” his audience into stronger religious devotion and sometimes even move them to hysteria. These powerful sermons sparked the religious revival in which people lived more devoted, spiritual lives. This “Great Awakening” spread throughout New England during the eighteenth century.