From The Wonders Of The Invisible World Analysis

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Religion is a highly debated topic in our current society. This was also the case back in the late 1600’s and mid-1700’s. How religion is interpreted by different individuals, and by the society in which they live, is most likely a debate that will never be won or lost. During the time of Cotton Mather’s writing of From the Wonders of the Invisible World, the people of New England are firm believers in religion. Although New England has its firm Christian believers, some chose to use their religious beliefs to practice evil doings such as witchcraft, bringing us to the era of the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Now, fast-forward over 50 years to Jonathan Edwards delivering a sermon amongst his people. His primary focus during Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God is to impact his congregation, and make them realize that God is the ultimate power in which they need to follow. Both of these stories, though written in different time periods and states, focus on one main point. That main point would be how society is letting their religious background and Godly beliefs slip away to worship evil, in one form or another. The meanings behind the two stories here can be interpreted in many different ways. From the Wonders of the Invisible World starts off with a statement of reassurance in the religious core of New England. In this …show more content…
He wanted to portray the message that even godly people could be influenced into wrong doings by a simple weakness in their religion. His main goal in bringing this to their attention was to make them focus more on their religion and strengthening their relationship with God. Edwards, some 60 years later, was bringing a completely different evil to the table for people to recognize. Though their evil did not bring harm to the people they surrounded, their focus away from God was also a sign of the devils

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