Compare "God Glorified in Man's Dependence" by Jonathan Edwards and "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose philosophy is shown in "Self-Reliance," was a thinker whose ideas were directly opposed to those of Jonathan Edwards.
As shown in "God Glorified..." Edwards believed that the fate of human beings was completely in the hands of God. He was a Calvinist who believed in the doctrine of predestination,...
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Edwards believed that God decided our fates and nothing can be done to change it while Emerson believed that we ourselves decide our fate.