How do the ideas Ralph Waldo Emerson espouses in “Self-Reliance” relate to the Christian themes articulated by earlier writers?

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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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