Why do you think people were persuaded to change their lives as a result of Edwards' sermon?

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Jonathan Edwards was a British theologian who wrote and presented the sermon "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" in the early 1700's. It has been said by many that Edwards' presentation could make one feel as though he or she were suspended above the very flames of Hell itself. With the colorful and graphic language that he used it tended to scare the listeners. Because of this fear, and the fact that during this time frame much more weight was given to scripture and religion in general, people were motivated to change their lives regularly.

One wonders what the response would be today in our Post-Modern society where philosophically it is held that one way is pretty much as good as another. In all likelihood it would not be nearly as effective today as it was then. But again, that is my opinion.

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