Essay on Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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Outline 1. Introduction a. Hook - “Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering.” ( A quote from Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”) b. Thesis – Jonathan Edwards’s sermon portrayed Puritans as sinners of their religion through the use of rhetorical strategies such as ethos, pathos, and logos. 2. Body Points c. Body 1 i. Topic Sentence - Ethos is referred to as the trustworthiness or credibility of the speaker and their tone of the literature. d. Body 2 ii. Topic Sentence – Pathos is referred to as the literature’s emotional appeal to the audience’s senses or imagination. e. Body 3 iii. Topic Sentence – Logos is referred to as …show more content…
Logos is referred to as clear the message is and how effective it is to the audience. Edwards uses figures of speech to compare theoretical concepts of God's wrath and the sinner's wickedness to common capabilities. He uses metaphors that expand over whole paragraphs. One of the metaphors is about the bow of God's wrath being drawn and held over the hearts of sinners. This metaphor shows that God could unleash his wrath and punish anyone at any moment but his mercy and forgiveness saves them. Edwards also compares sinners to spiders and serpents, which were creatures hated by humans just as sinners are hated by God. This shows his unconverted audience how poorly God thinks of them. Jonathan Edwards uses these figures of speech to make his message easier to understand. Edwards expresses terrifying images throughout his sermon to persuade his congregation into believing they are defenseless to God's wrath. He repeatedly uses images of pain and eternal damnation to express to those present to leave their old ways and convert.
The Puritan emphasis on demonic forces is very evident throughout Edwards’s sermon, as tries to instill fear into his listeners about the horrors of Hell. Through the use of the rhetorical triangle, Puritans are portrayed as sinful people of their own religion in Jonathan Edwards’s sermon. Edwards persuades Puritans to convert from being sinful people in order to keep away from God’s

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