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Jonathan Edwards Introduction to American Literature Professor Iannini Rutgers University September 26, 2011
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Quiz : 1.Edwards begins “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God” by citing this passage of scripture: “Their Foot shall slide in due time” (Deuteronomy 32.35) He then explains, “In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God’s visible people . . .” Based on your knowledge of Puritanism, explain why Edwards is quoting a passage about God’s anger toward the Israelites in particular? 2.The purpose of “Sinners” as a sermon is to instill a vivid idea of the true meaning of this scriptural passage. Describe in detail one concrete image that Edwards uses to make his listeners understand the meaning of the passage.
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SPECTRAL EVIDENCE
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PURITAN TYPOLOGY
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EMPIRICISM
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Great Awakening : -Series of series of religious revivals in colonial New England in the 1720s and 1730s -Charismatic preachers use vivid imagery to create a concrete idea of spiritual damnation, moving listeners through their initial despair to an ecstatic experience of divine grace. -Participants long for the “New Birth”
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“The power of God came down. My knees smote together . . . It seemed to me I was a sinking down to hell. I thought the floor I stood on gave way and I was just a going, but then I began to resign and, as I resigned, my distress began to go off till I was perfectly easy, quiet, and calm. It seemed as if I had a new soul & body both.” --Hanna Heaton, Connecticut farm woman, 1741
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If we look on these shadows of divine things as the voice of God, purposely by them, teaching us these and those spiritual and divine things, to show of what excellent advantage it will be, how agreeably and clearly it will tend to convey instruction to our minds, and to impress things on the mind, and to affect the mind. By that we may as it were hear God speaking to us. Wherever we are and whatever we are about, we may see divine things excellently represented and
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