How do the ideas Ralph Waldo Emerson espouses in “Self-Reliance” relate to the Christian themes articulated by earlier writers?
There are many writers whose works might have espoused some of the same ideals as Emerson, one being Jonathan Edwards, whose life preceded Emerson's by about a hundred years, of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" fame. Edwards is often credited with beginning what is sometimes called the "Great Awakening", a sort of revival movement based on his idea that to experience the absolute presence...
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