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"Sinners in the Hands
Transcript of "Sinners in the Hands
of an Angry God"
-By Jonathan Edwards
born in Connecticut,
son of a Pastor.
He graduated in theology at the top of his class at Yale, and went on to teach theology, following a vocation as a Congregationalist pastor.
While serving as a missionary to the Housatonic Indians, Edwards become an important theologian;
elected President of Princeton.
Died of smallpox in 1758.
Johnathan Edwards was part of the "Great Awakening"
-This was backlash against The Enlightenment.
-People during this time returned to a life of piety
(Extreme religious limitation).
-These people believed:
PREDESTINATION: The belief that all features of salvation are determined by God’s sovereignty.
Including those were to be saved
*Belief in Jesus was not enough!
*Participation in sacraments was not enough!
Neither of the above could effect salvation!
Influence by George Whitfield
Awakened PreachingOne effect of the Enlightenment had been reduced church membership and attendance. An evangelist, named George Whitefield, believed that people weren't going to church because 'dead men preach to them.' Whitefield and others like him began to preach in a much more energetic way.
The Sermons of Johnathan Edwards
People loved them. They were like entertainment.
Reportedly, people fainted in the churches from his violent speeches.
Do you remember?
What is symbolism?
What is imagery?
What are metaphors?
What does tone mean?
When you give meaning to an object or natural occurence.
What does rain symbolize?
What does fire symbolize?
What do red roses symbolize?
Descriptive language (uses lots of adjectives):
-Anything that helps you see, feel, hear, taste, or smell what is happening in the work.
Metaphors are analogies. They connect two or more things.
Tone= mood of the person speaking.
Ex: Angry, Ambivalent, Bombastic,
With your team, look through sinners in the hands of an angry God.
Cite or NO credit. First one does not have loser's HW.
So what was Johnathan Edwards saying?
Tell me some points he was trying to make. I'll write them on board.
Challenge: Turn all of this into one sentence about Johnathan Edwards argument. Take a few moments to write it down.
Find me one example of symbolism in this that you see.
Find me an example of imagery.
(Don't forget to cite)
Give me an example.
What do you think the tone is in the sermon?
Provide me an example. Cite it.
In the first column, write examples of imagery, symbolism, tone and metaphor. After you have done that, let me know.
After you write them down, write down why you think Johnathan Edwards used those devices in the second column.
On the last page, write a paragraph where you explain how effective you currently find his argument.
Would you believe it? Why or why not? Talk about the devices he used and how that effects your decision.
When you're done, study for vocabulary test.
Johnathan Edward's World
What was it like?
Large Population Growth
Native American Threats
Beginnings of Revolutionary War