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 no exception.
In employing ethos in his argument, Edwards makes the point that "the greatest earthly potentates...are but feeble despicable Worms of the Dust, in Comparison of the great and almighty Creator and King of Heaven and Earth" to convince his audience that no mortal man, however powerful, is a match for the omnipotence of God. He goes on to quote the gospel of Luke in asserting "But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear; fear him, which after he hath killed, hath Power to cast into Hell; yea I say unto you, fear him." The preacher enhances the credibility of his point by invoking the Bible, held to be the sacred text of the people to whom he was delivering the sermon. Edwards's argument in the sermon is that God harbors catastrophic wrath toward sinners. He urges the audience to...
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