View of God: Anne Bradstreet vs. Johnathan Edwards

             All authors convey their messages and beliefs in their writing. Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards were no different. They used their writing as a way to impart their ideas to the readers. For these two authors, they were working on the same base, Puritanism, for the intended messages. In the end, it is obvious that there is a huge gap in belief between the two authors. Edward's writings takes Puritanism to its extremities whereas Bradstreet's works show a conventional view in the religion while still staying true to it.
             "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" conveys a very extreme viewpoint of God, that of Jonathan Edwards. According to Edwards, humanity is naturally plagued with sin despite our ongoing efforts to overcome it. Throughout his sermon, Edwards goes on endlessly about how God shows such mercy in not throwing all of humanity to the deepest depths of hell by the very earth itself. As Edwards said in the sermon, "You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any Mediator, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing that you have done, nothing you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment." Essentially, these people were in Edwards' opinion condemned, for they were sinning against God with no way to change in hope of salvation.
             Anne Bradstreet's poems, such as "To My Dear and Loving Husband" and "Upon the Burning of Our House", show a very conventional view of God. According to Bradstreet, humanity is on a personal and intimate relationship with a loving God. During our lifetime, God helps us attain the things needed. He can also take these things away, as a test of the faith in God. Bradstreet shows her view when she can believe in the utmost faith in God, even while her house is burning down. As Anne put it, "Thou hast an house on high erect, Frame...

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