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Jonathan Edwards was born in 1703 in Connecticut At the age of thirteen after being educated in his home Edwards attended Yale During his education Edwards re-discovered his religion He continued his religious pursuit after graduation in New York City as a minister in a Presbyterian church In 1727 Edwards served under his grandfather Solomon Stoddard who was the chief minister of the church of Northampton Massachusetts Two years later Stoddard died and Edwards replaced his grandfather He remained the churchs chief minister for over twenty years Edwards was known for his intense emotion-stirring sermons throughout the colonies He did not mean to cause such frenzy among the congregation he meant to show them the path to glory Being considered the countrys first genius Edwards had a command of the English language seldom seen at or since his time His sermons reached into the listeners mind and touched the actual senses His choice of words caused much imagery thought contemplation and especially fear among those who read or heard his works This ability to use simile metaphor as well as other descriptive narrative to cause such emotional and sensory feeling was Jonathan Edwards most significant contribution to literature Jonathan Edwards sermons were written in a manner that caused the listener to imagine what it was he was trying to convey In almost all of his descriptions of the soul and what was taking place to it the listener can see what it was he was describing hell opens its mouth wide to receive them and if God should permit it they would be hastily swallowed up and lost Edwards 286 This brings a sight of the ground opening up at any time below the listener and being taken away with no regard The listeners have a view of themselves which is very frightening indeed Some imagery is easy to see and needs no further explanation There are the black clouds of Gods wrath
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