Compare And Contrast Martin Luther King And Edwards

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Edwards v King
Two famous Christians. Two well respected men. Two people whose actions brought about change. Between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Jonathan Edwards who was more effective? In order to find out, the men’s most well renown works will go head to head to see which one was more effective These pieces were used to try to influence people during periods of change in history, so the champion of change one will be determined by the one that directly influenced history the most.
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was a sermon by Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards in the 1730’s. A genius of the early 1700’s, well renown for his outstanding education and sheer intelligence (Mcpherson). He believed that all of the people were destined
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The Letter from Birmingham Jail was written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential African American civil rights leader in the 1950’s and 60’s, as he sat in a jail cell after being arrested for a protest of racial injustice in 1963 (Maranzani). After the protest several white members of the southern clergy wrote a letter condemning Dr. King (Maranzani). They stated he was an extremist who broke several laws and just needed to wait for the rights to come legally (Maranzani). The letter was King’s response to their allegations.
Dr. King used metaphors in his Letter from Birmingham Jail. In his letter King says, “I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in his purpose they become dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social
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Who was more effective? They both used strategies to achieve their purpose, but one had a more significant impact on the world than the other. The Letter From Birmingham Jail was published in several magazines in 1963, it was also but in King’s book Why We Can't Wait in 1964 (Maranzani). The letter proved Kings point and rallied some new people to his side, but Kings ultimate goal of achieving civil rights was not achieved until the end of 1964 (Maranzani). Edwards sermon however, was used to convert hundreds of people at once to the extreme evangelical Puritanism he envisioned (Mcpherson). Strategies used in his sermons caused a mass conversions across the 13 colonies. He shows up in a town, gives his sermon, people convert. Instant effectiveness. So, because of the speed and scale of effectiveness of his strategies, Jonathan Edwards sermon “Sinners in the hands of an angry god” is more effective than Letter From Birmingham Jail by Dr.

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