Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Questions and Answers
by Jonathan Edwards

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

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The previous thoughts were very well articulated.  I think that the overall theme is to bring fear into the hearts of Edwards' listeners.  The vision of God presented is one where the time is now to repent and fall into his favor.  This is something that Edwards was deliberate in constructing.  If we examine theme as a message of a work, I think that to be in fear of God and to immediately strive to be in his favor becomes the theme of the sermon.  Edwards aims his message at those who fail to believe and those who are actively participating in spiritual transgressions.  There is little in the sermon that is intended to reassure those who are following the path.  In fact, Edwards' hope seems to be to strike fear in all of his listeners, to ensure that even those who are spiritually intact do not become complacent and stray.  In the end, the theme of being afraid of the divine is something that resonates in a lucid manner.

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Keep in mind that Edwards was a Puritan - the theme of...

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