Essay 2 - At the Hands of God Jonathon Edwards' "Sinners in...

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At the Hands of God Jonathon Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is often used to demonstrate the sort of pig-headed ignorance and judging mentality prevalent in the Christian body. However, in a closer examination, we can see that the theme of the sermon is in fact that God is loving and compassionate. Edwards’ sermon starts out as an analysis of Deuteronomy 32:35, in which the prophet noted that the Israeli people should “slide in due time”, that they were in fact “always exposed to sudden destruction” due to their own “wicked[ness]”. The first four points of the sermon seems rather damning as Edwards goes on to say that “the reason that they [had] not fallen already…is only that God’s anointed time [had] not come”, causing the reader to make the assumption that the Israelites, the people of God, also inclusive of the entirety of the Christian church, are totally and comprehensively damned. It’s this message of fire and brimstone that turns so many people off to Edwards’
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course ENG 225 taught by Professor Zacharias during the Spring '07 term at Palomar.

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Essay 2 - At the Hands of God Jonathon Edwards' "Sinners in...

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