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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God Summary

Jonathan Edwards’s purpose in delivering the sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is to warn his congregation in particular, and presumably, by extension, his nation as a whole, that they...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 7:05 pm UTC

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In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards, what are  specific similes and metaphors used in the...

In his sermon, Jonathan Edwards uses simple, everyday images to impress on listeners the severe and ever-present danger of falling into hellfire. In one potent metaphor, he describes the peril as...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 1:39 pm UTC

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What are five uses of imagery in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God ?

In this sermon given during the Great Awakening, Edwards employs a stern tone combined with vivid imagery to shock his congregation into repenting of their sinful lives and instead choosing to...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 2:52 am UTC

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How does Edwards's tone in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" influence his congregation?

In this sermon, Edwards combines a condemning tone with some pretty vivid figurative language to deliver a message that would shock his audience into turning from sin and accepting God's grace....

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 4:01 am UTC

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What are some examples of metaphors throughout "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

As George Lakoff explains in his "Why It's Difficult to Replace the Fiscal Cliff Metaphor," geographic metaphors are among the most powerful, and Jonathan Edwards uses these abundantly in "Sinners...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2016 4:51 pm UTC

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How would you describe Jonathan Edwards' views of God, Christ and humanity, as expressed in "Sinners in the Hands of...

Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," presents God as loving but wrathful, omnipotent and infinite. Edwards spends quite a bit of time developing the idea that...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 9:01 pm UTC

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What are examples of alliteration in Jonathan Edward's Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God?

Alliteration is the repetition of the sounds at the beginning of words. It is frequently used to add weight and strength to certain words and emphasize thoughts and feelings. The use of repeated...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 4:07 pm UTC

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Repetition In Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is Johanthan Edwards's most famous sermon delivered in a Puritan effort to awaken and persuade those in the congregation who had not been "born again"; that...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2011 2:04 am UTC

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How did Jonathan Edwards use fear in his sermon to motivate his audience?

Edwards gave this sermon to his congregation in Enfield, CT, in 1741, during what is known as The Great Awakening in American religion, a period in which leaders of the church were hoping to...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2013 6:43 pm UTC

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What key image does Jonathan Edwards use to frighten his audience in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God?"

There are several memorable images in Edwards's sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" which emphasize the vital nature of his message and the immediacy of the danger. The best-known and...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2020 11:45 am UTC

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Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God Audience

Jonathan Edwards wrote and delivered his famous sermon during the Enlightenment period. Scientifically this was a great period. Lots of great scientific minds were adding a large amount of...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 7:34 pm UTC

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What kind of imagery does Jonathan Edwards use in his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an angry God"?

The primary image that Jonathan Edwards utilizes is that of walking along a steep path and slipping or sliding off the slope. This image is mentioned in the Bible, as he notes: "Their foot shall...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 11:03 pm UTC

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List three specific techniques Edwards uses in this sermon to persuade his congregation.

Hyperbole, or exageration, as he is angry and trying to depict an image of the nature of man which is basically evil, and worthy of punishment and pain. He also uses hyperbole to actively describe...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2010 5:14 am UTC

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“The wrath of God is like great waters that are that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and...

A simile is a comparison of two unlike things using the words like or as. It is similar to a metaphor, but similes are often considered somewhat less powerful than metaphors. This particular...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 10:38 pm UTC

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Why does Jonathan Edwards say that animals, the sun, the earth, and air are not here for our enjoyment in "Sinners in...

In keeping with his strident Calvinism, Jonathan Edwards, in his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” wants to make sure that his audience knows that in the overall scheme of...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2020 12:35 pm UTC

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What are examples of metaphor and repetition in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God?"

Using a metaphor, Edwards describes God's enemies in the following way: "They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames." In...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 12:33 pm UTC

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Examine the purpose of Edwards's meaning in "the bow of God's wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string." 

A bow and arrow is not a particularly compelling image for a modern audience, many of whom may never have seen, let alone used one. For a New England congregation in the middle of the eighteenth...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020 10:50 am UTC

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In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," what is the writer's main purpose?

In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” Jonathan Edwards strives to effect a profound transformation in his listeners' hearts. He wants them to realize, before it's too late, that they are sinful...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020 10:52 am UTC

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What is an example of personification used in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

Personification is the attribution of human qualities or traits to something that is not human. Edwards actually uses a great deal of figurative language to compel his audience to heed his warnings...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 1:08 am UTC

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In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," what are some examples of hyperbole?

Another example of hyperbole (or exaggeration in the service of truth) is as follows: "What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2017 3:35 pm UTC

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The tone changes drastically in the last paragraphs of the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Why? What...

Having laid out in vivid imagery the danger of hellfire every person faces at every moment if they do not repent and turn to Christ, Edwards ends on a note of hope and urgency. In the penultimate...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2020 11:17 am UTC

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How would you describe Jonathan Edwards' views of God's relation to people in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

Edwards views God as the puppet master who has a grand plan for humanity. He believes that any moment, on a whim, God may destroy us. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Edwards uses...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 6:29 pm UTC

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What type of emotional appeals does Edwards use to breakthrough to his congregation in "Sinners in the Hands of an...

The entire sermon is structured to appeal to the emotions of the listeners through vivid descriptions of the horrendous fate awaiting sinful human beings, which Edwards explains includes everyone...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2012 4:47 am UTC

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Who was Jonathan Edwards's audience?

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" was a sermon delivered in 1741 by Jonathan Edwards, a theologian of the Congregationalist Protestant sect. The sermon was initially delivered in Massachusetts...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2018 7:23 am UTC

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In the 18th century, people died at a much younger age. How might awareness of the fragility of life have affected...

One of the most effective high-pressure sales techniques is the insistence that this offer is only open today. If you do not take advantage of the unique opportunity right now, it will disappear...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020 10:50 am UTC

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How does Edwards's sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" reflect Puritan religious beliefs?

Jonathan Edwards had been steeped in the Calvinist theology of the Puritans from an early age. As time went on, however, it became clear to him, as for many brought up in the same tradition, that...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 8:53 am UTC

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Why does Jonathan Edwards in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" compare sinners to spider and serpents?

In his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," the Puritan minister, Jonathan Edwards, preaches a fire and brimstone sermon in order to frighten the congregation into being more righteous....

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 11:11 am UTC

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What are examples of places where Edwards’s choice of words (his diction) in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"...

Edwards's sermon is filled with dramatic and persuasive diction designed to motivate his listeners to trust in Christ. Many of these passages are metaphors or allegories that elucidate the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 1:48 pm UTC

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In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," to what two creatures does Edwards compare sinners?

In this sermon, Edwards likens sinners to spiders and to other types of insects: "That God holds you over the Pit of Hell, as one holds a Spider or some loathsome Insect." In addition, Edwards...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 10:43 am UTC

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What are three rhetorical techniques used in the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"? Are there any...

Jonathan Edwards's sermon delivered at Enfield, Connecticut, in 1741 utilizes many time-honored rhetorical techniques as well as figurative language. The minister begins his sermon with the use of...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019 5:51 pm UTC

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What does the biblical allusion at the end of Jonathan Edwards's sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" mean?

In Genesis 19:17, the angels give Lot the following advice: Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. It is to...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020 10:51 am UTC

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Find the direct statment in which Edwards sets forth the purpose of his sermon.

I know it is a bit on the simplistic side, but I think the title sets forth Edwards' purpose in a fairly succinct and direct manner. The idea that at this particular moment, the force of the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2010 7:02 pm UTC

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What is the thesis of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards's central thesis is threefold: all sinners deserve hell, which is their natural environment; it is only through the grace of God that...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 10:47 am UTC

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How is parallelism used in Jonathan Edwards's "Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God"?

Parallelism is used in “Sinners of an Angry God” primarily as a means of driving home the sermon's main point: that God can, and will, consign to Hell anyone he so chooses at any time. The repeated...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2020 10:57 am UTC

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What role does the appeal to fear or terror (PATHOS) play in Edward's sermon? How do biblical allusions support the...

Fear plays a very strong role in Edward's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Even the title is emotional, as anger--especially in a powerful figure such as a deity--tends to evoke fear....

Latest answer posted September 22, 2017 11:10 pm UTC

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According to the sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," what keeps sinners out of hell?

According to Jonathan Edwards in his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the only thing that keeps sinners out of hell is God’s mercy. All sinners (that is, all people) richly deserve...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 3:59 am UTC

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Jonathan Edwards introduces two comparisons for God's wrath in paragraphs 2 and 5 of "Sinners in the Hands of an...

As other educators mention, there are various versions of this sermon in print, and publishers choose to break paragraphs differently—or to publish only sections of this famous sermon. Here are a...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020 11:01 am UTC

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How does Edwards use repetition at the end to heighten the effect of his sermon?

Near the end of his sermon, Edwards says, And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 10:26 pm UTC

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How does Jonathan Edwards want the congregation to respond to his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

Jonathan Edwards wants his congregation to respond to the sermon in two ways. First they must awake and realize the terrible danger that may befall them at any moment. Then they must take refuge in...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 5:18 am UTC

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How was "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" effective and ineffective? How would you react?

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is one of the most famous sermons ever. It was highly provocative in 1741, a highlight in the First Great Awakening movement. Its effectiveness as rhetoric...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2020 12:38 pm UTC

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Edwards shifts the focus of his sermon towards the end of "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God." Describe it. 

Beginning with the words "and now you have an extraordinary opportunity..." Edwards indeed shifts the focus from impressing upon his audience the likelihood of their eternal condemnation to what he...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018 12:28 pm UTC

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What are the symbols of God's wrath in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

God’s wrath is a central focus of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The word is used about fifty times in the sermon. In a nutshell, the sermon is about how God is really angry at the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2017 3:54 pm UTC

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There are three famous figures of speech Edwards develops in the fourth through seventh paragraphs of "Sinners in the...

Calvinist minister Jonathan Edwards's "fire and brimstone" sermon sent many of his congregation running from the church in terror as they imagined the heat of hell's torments along with Edwards's...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2015 10:57 pm UTC

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What references in the sermon reveal Edward's implicit philosophical beliefs about divine mercy? "Sinners in the...

A fire and brimstone preacher, Jonathan Edwards embodies the sanctimonious Puritan preacher who counts himself among the "elect." In his sermon, he essays to awaken and persuade those people in...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 2:48 pm UTC

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According to Edwards, what do healthy, strong members of the town foolishly believe, and why do they believe it?

The healthy strong members of the town foolishly believe that they are kept out of hell by the good State of your bodily Constitution, your Care of your own Life, and the Means you use for your...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 11:05 am UTC

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How does John Edwards use syntax and diction in his sermon?

Edwards' syntax is, to be frank, overwhelming. Rather than develop sentences that are simple to understand, especially for people who are only listening to him and cannot see his text in front of...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018 6:37 pm UTC

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According to Edwards in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, what do healthy, strong members of the congregation...

Healthy, strong members of the congregation believe that their own health, their own efforts, and their own good behavior keeps them out of hell. As Edwards puts it, such worshippers believe their...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020 11:19 am UTC

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What is an example of ethos that Jonathan Edwards used for persuasion in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

As a highly regarded theologian and preacher, a sermon Jonathan Edwards would deliver would have automatic ethos to his audience in colonial New England. "Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God" is...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 1:38 pm UTC

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What purpose does Jonathan Edwards's sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" serve? 

Jonathan Edwards gave his "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" sermon because he felt a great burden to see unsaved persons turn to Christ, which he believed was the only way to God and eternal...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 3:28 pm UTC

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What is the main theme of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

The main theme of this sermon by Jonathan Edwards is that all sinners will be judged by a God who will not hesitate to cast them into the depths of hell, to endure a more painful and dreadful...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2019 7:42 pm UTC

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