Winthrop and Edwards Comparison

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The two writers Winthrop and Edwards had hardly anything in common, but they both were avid backers of the same Puritan Christianity. I feel that their difference would be the time that they both wrote their sermons. Winthrop wrote when there was a new colony set and the “new” religion was forming. Edwards felt that the ideals that the colonies were built on are going away or unnoticed. They both believe in the power of God and that he wants them to have generous and good lives. Jonathan Edwards approaches his congregations with what he feels to be the rage of God. The sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was meant to make Edward’s listeners aware of the fact that their behavior and conduct on earth was far more important than the wrath of the devil in hell which was the faith of those who did not adhere to proper religious values as expressed in the Bible. He tried to make an avid impact on the colony in this way but was more effective to discuss God’s wrath, maybe to instill fear into the minds of his followers, because many of them were taught you do bad you go to hell. To achieve his end of making his congregants aware of their dangerous positions on earth, in which he states “as they could be cast into hell at any time” he reminded them of the power of God and his capacity for doing away with sinners. Edwards believed that if they were acted like Christians they could be exchanged, human beings were still pitiful creatures, always at the mercy of God. He compares the relationship between men and God by reminding his listeners how it is, “easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth” (Edwards 300) and how it is much the same for God when he views people. By comparing human beings with worms in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” Edwards wants his followers to understand that God’s mercy and trying to inspire to be

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