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Edwards, from "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (1741)
Jonathan Edwards was the greatest American-born revivalist preacher. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," delivered first at Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1741, was his most famous sermon. No record was kept of the sermonís impact the first time Edwards delivered it, but Reverend Stephen Williams of Longmeadow noted in his diary that when Edwards preached later in Enfield, Connecticut, "the shrieks and cries were piercing and amazing." The emotionalism of the sermon and its description of the moment of tension as man dangles over the fire produced the sermonís impact. In Edwardsís sermon, God finally tires of protecting unworthy man from the flames; revealing its most disturbing part: its message of the insecurity of temporary protection by an all-powerful and infinitely angry God.
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