Who preached "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in the mid-1700s in the Massachusetts Bay Colony?

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"Sinners in the Hands of Angry God" is a sermon that was written and delivered by Jonathan Edwards.  

The sermon was originally preached in July of 1741. It is Jonathan Edwards's most famous piece. It is terrifying to read because it has a visceral fire and brimstone message.  

Edwards delivered the sermon in the middle of the period known as the Great Awakening. The sermon itself talks about Hell as a very real place. It emphasizes that all people deserve the horrors of Hell, and that God is the only reason people are not doomed to eternal suffering. The sermon's vivid imagery and language awaken people to their sin. The goal is to steer people back toward a life of devotion to Christ.

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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