How does Jonathan Edwards' sermon "Sinners In the Hands Of An angry God" play a significant role in reinvigorating Puritan faith during the 1740's?

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Jonathan Edwards wrote and delivered this sermon in 1741, and it immediately gripped the audience through a fear-inducing tone and compelling figurative language.

The audience was gripped by images of their dangerous and impending relationship to Hell such as this one:

O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder...

Edwards compared the listeners to spiders being dangled over the fires of Hell, and warned that any moment God could release His grip on them, letting them fall into eternal flames. He therefore issued a stern plea for them to repent of their sins and accept God's mercy before it was eternally too late.


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