Friday, September 3, 2010

Research on Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards  (1703-1758) is said to be the most influential American theologian of all time. He preached during The Great Awakening, the same period of George Whitfield in England. He is also the topic of my next essay. Here's an excerpt of his most famous sermon - Sinners in the Hand of an Angrey God.

"This that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ. -- That world of misery, that lake of burning brimstone, is extended abroad under you. There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God; there is hell's wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of; there is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.

You probably are not sensible of this; you find you are kept out of hell, but do not see the hand of God in it; but look at other things, as the good state of your bodily constitution, your care of your own life, and the means you use for your own preservation. But indeed these things are nothing; if God should withdraw his hand, they would avail no more to keep you from falling, than the thin air to hold up a person that is suspended in it."