Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

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

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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 in the Hands of an Angry God." For example, he employs the metaphors of the slippery slope and the yawning abyss to make abstract concepts such as sin and hell vividly real to people. We can all create a visual and tactile image in our minds of sliding down a slope and imagine what it would feel like (painful) to fall into an abyss. Further, this abyss is filled with fire, a physical metaphor for the pain of remorse a sinner experiences in hell. The pain of remorse might be abstract to people; the pain of being burned by fire would not. Edwards uses as well the physical metaphor of humans walking over hell on a rotten covering. This would bring to mind the idea of walking on a bridge made of rotten wood that could collapse at any time, though in Edwards' telling of the story, people would plunge not into cold water but into fiery brimstone. These powerful images, along with everyday images that would be familiar to a rural society, such as worms crushed underfoot and chaff blowing in the wind, powerfully impress on people's minds their own precarious, weak and helpless situation before hell and the devil, and the need to be saved by Christ.

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In the famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Jonathan Edwards infamously struck fear in the hearts and minds of the Puritans listening to his speech. He did this by using strong images and effective persuasion, and he also used several strong metaphors to help prove his...

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