"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

Jonathan Edwards

You have already learned about Jonathan Edwards in The Great Awakening Presentation. He was the preeminent theologian and preacher in Colonial America. This is one of his most famous sermons titled, "Sinners in the Hands of

a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, especially one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of the clergy as part of a religious service.

You will need to read, listen or watch this sermon. You choose the deliver method. (See below). As you do so, note the following:

The TONE and MOOD of this excerpt from Jonathan Edwards's sermon is very striking. Recall that tone is the feeling that the author is trying to get across and MOOD is the feeling that the reader gets from reading a text. Tone and mood are created through diction, sentence structure, repetition, imagery, symbolism, images, etc. What is the tone and the mood of this sermon?

Do you think that the approach that Edwards takes in this sermon would be effective in today's society?

Notice (Hint of assignment to come!) the vivid images that Edwards uses in this sermon. Why do you think that he uses such images?

Note that Jonathan Edwards's purpose was to convince his listeners of their complete depravity and total dependence upon God. Edwards felt that this acknowledgement was the first step in the conversion process.

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