Jonathan Edwards: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

(1741)

On July 8, 1741, at Enfield, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards, pastor of the Reformed Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, delivered what is perhaps his most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The thrust of the sermon is contained in the title: God is an angry, wrathful God, with the power to cast wicked people into hell at any moment. At the same time, God is a merciful God who sent his son, Christ, as a manifestation of his compassion.


Edwards was one of the most prominent figures in the First Great Awakening, a revival of evangelical religious fervor in the...

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Portrait of Jonathan Edwards by Henry Augustus Loop (Yale University Art Gallery)

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