A Narrative Of The Captivity And Restoration Of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

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The Puritans were not shy people when it came to their faith, and it was evident in their literary work. Whenever you read Puritan literature you can’t help but notice that God played a heavy role in their lives. This role however, did change according the different life experiences for each author. There was Jonathan Edward who portrayed a powerful God full of wrath, in his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” during the Great Awaking. Then there was Edward Taylor who portrayed a loving God in his poem “Meditation 8 (First Series),” while Mary Rowlandson portrayed a merciful God in her story “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.” The role of God is evident in each of their text, yet we are given three different interpretations of the role God played in the Puritan lives. Jonathan Edward portrays to us a God who is full of a fierce fury and who is, at any moment, ready to release His wrath upon the sinners of the earth. In his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” he gives us a gruesome picture of God holding the sinners over the pits of hell, much like a person would hold a spider over a flame (Edward 436.) Edwards goes on to elaborate that God can release those sinners at any moment into an eternity of pain. He warns the congregation of Gods wrath and quotes the scripture Isaiah 66:15 that warns of God return to release his anger upon the earth (437.) His illustration alludes a God that’s full of rage that a person would…

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