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The Puritans see God as mysteriously involved in the acts of the universe whereas the transcendentalists think God is connected to mankind through nature and intuition The outlook on Puritan writing is that their style tends to be plain and introspective Transcendentalist writing shows how nature and feelings are triumphant over logic and rationality In contrast to the plain style of Puritan writing Jonathan Edwards frequently strikes his audience with powerful words in his literature He exemplifies this style in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God but still shows the lowliness of human beings in relation to Gods power another Puritan trait In transcendentalist writing the spiritual and ideal worlds are revealed through the physical facts of the natural world A writer who uses transcendental techniques is Ralph Waldo Emerson The work written by Emerson reflecting Transcendentalism is called Nature The name itself portrays the piece as transcendental but Emerson uses the forest and its components as symbols of the spiritual world In comparison both the Puritans and the Transcendentalists focus on their own perceptions of the world and human existence Edwards sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God reiterates the fact that God has more power than man Wickedness and sin as Edwards describes leads man closer and closer into the depths of hell Mankind is weak and helpless if God is provoked There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment Mens hands cannot be strong when God rises up Jonathan Edwards Edwards uses the phrase Mens hands cannot be strong when God rises up to evidently make his point His intention is to say that God and his powers should not be taken lightly No matter how strong the will of man God has the final say in it all There is however a twist to his intention Edwards directs the wrath of God mainly upon those who
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