Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God A sermon by Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards Puritan Beliefs • When Adam and Eve fell from the grace of God, they condemned all people to a life of sin. • Life is a continual fight against evil and sin. Every moment, every choice proves worthiness to God. • All people are alive because of God’s grace. – He already knows who He will save, and there is nothing you can do to change your fate. (predestination) • Sign of Grace (you are saved): 1. Overwhelming emotional experience or inner assurance 2. Prosperity 3. Good Works Puritan Beliefs • The minister was the leader of the community and was held in the highest esteem. • Every member should attend church for 3 hours and honor the Sabbath day on Sunday • Shunned immorality in any form (games, excessive laughter, celebration of holidays, drama, music, or art that did not pertain to God) Pause & Reflect Question 1 Directions: Write just the answer to this question on page 11 in your NB. Consider the attributes of Puritan beliefs – what aspects might contribute to the success of a colony? Why? Puritan Beliefs • Theocracy – A society whose civil laws are the same as religious laws • Rules of their city were to be based on Biblical laws and religious doctrine Pause & Reflect Question 2 Follow the same directions as before: What traces of Puritan beliefs in how a society should be governed still exist today? Jonathan Edwards • Feared by eighteenth-century Puritans • Preaching Style – Emphasized “fire and brimstone” – Talked in a quiet & restrained manner – Sermons were up to 6 hours in length • Leader of the “Great Awakening,” a religious revival that swept the colonies in the 1730’s Jonathan Edwards • “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is his most famous work • It was said to have caused listeners to rise from their seats in a state of hysteria when they first heard it—crying out in terror. Pause & Reflect Question 3 • Follow same directions for previous questions: • Analyze the effectiveness of “fire and brimstone” scare tactic kind of preaching. What works about it? What doesn’t work? As you read the sermon… any SCARE TACTICS you find. • Underline any similes or metaphors and explain them in the margins. any examples of repetition and explain in margins why it is effective. • When you are done, finish filling out SOAPSTONE using the information you have highlighted to help you find the tone, subject, and purpose. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Poster • On the back of your SOAPSTONE paper: –choose one of the images from the sermon and illustrate it. –Include on the poster an excerpt from the sermon that exemplifies a scare tactic. This one is missing a quote.