Jonathan Edwards was an 18th century preacher in Northampton, Mass. who help to ignite the Great Awakening of that time. This sermon is one of his most popular proclamations from the pulpit. Please note: the language has been edited and updated for today's modern reader.
An easier-to-read version of Edwards' classic sermon. Delivered 250 years ago, this is the most famous sermon ever preached in the history of America. Far more than a depiction of the punishments of hell, it is a call to personal salvation through Christ and spiritual revival in our time.
Jonathan Edwards (17031758) served the Northampton Congregational Church in Massachusetts for twenty-three years, then missionary outpost to the Mohawk and Mohican tribes. In 1758, he became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), only to die a few months later due to an adverse reaction to a vaccination.
Perhaps no sermon is better known, more often read in American literature, and less understood for its depth and profound insight than Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. ....John Fanellas excellent edition may well help many to better understand the importance and value of this most excellent sermon. I recommend this work wholeheartedly!
. . . a job well done. The impact and force of this sermon comes across with clarity and without losing its original strength and intensity.
. . . faithful in every regard to the original . . . Here the contemporary reader can easily see why people in Edwardss original audience were fainting and crying out for mercy. I know of no more powerful exposition of Gods anger against sin than this landmark sermon by the most profound Christian mind America has ever seen.
Fanellas update brings out the full force of Edwardss awesome reasoning.
If awakening comes as people recognize their helpless condition before a holy God and turn to Christ alone, they will find nothing more convicting and humbling than this masterpiece from the last Puritan. Thanks to John Fannella for making this available to a wider audience.