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Hundreds of years have gone by and still the age-old question of faith tugs on the hearts of all mankind Should we as individuals place our faith in God or in that which exists within ourselves The thought-provoking styles of both Ralph Waldo Emersons Self-Reliance as well as Jonathan Edwards Sinners in the hands of an angry God provide compelling arguments for questions such as this one However the style in which each writer chooses to pitch his belief is quite different from one another Emersons Self-Reliance has the ability to answer questions as well as motivate if one can decipher his complex reasoning On the other hand Edwards Sinners in the hands of an angry God provides motivation through fear in the wrath of almighty God rather than faith in the individual In Self Reliance Emersons style focuses on the courage of oneself He uses language filled with sincerity and directness Emersons reasoning proves to be more ethical than theological he emphasized the importance of the human soul and the relationship of the spirit within oneself Ralph Waldo Emersons writings are full of bold claims of passages that read like bumper stickers Trust thyself and To be great is to be misunderstood He encourages the reader to free himself from the square box in which all others reside but rather proclaims Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind Emerson 657 The idea is that the answers to all questions lie in the fact that we as individuals are the controllers of our fate Emersons dense and obscure writing style is often labeled unconventional He has the ability to pull his thoughts together just before his point is lost leaving the reader a bit dazed a little confused but impressed never the less Emerson writes as if he does not care to concern himself with form Although there may not seem like there is a method to the madness
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