View of God: Anne Bradstreet vs. Johnathan Edwards

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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 asunde Continue...


According to Bradstreet, humanity is on a personal and intimate relationship with a loving God. 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. Edwards approaches belief in God with a devout nature that pushes to extremism. In addition, he states that whereas they thought they were going to Heaven, they were actually destined for Hell, and there was nothing they could do to prevent it. r; 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. In contrast, Bradstreet's view of God is more conservative and conventional, but still true to the foundation of Puritanism. " Essentially, these people were in Edwards' opinion condemned, for they were sinning against God with no way to change in hope of salvation. Although originally starting with the same base, Puritanism, the two authors split in presentation of ideas. The differences between the two Puritans is quite substantial. It's purchased and paid for too By Him who hath enough to do. " Throughout her poems, she constantly reiterates her belief that God knows best and to love God with all of the heart. She does not reiterate during her poems that God will condemn humanity unless they show piousness. He can also take these things away, as a test of the faith in God. This belief borders on the edge of fanaticism and can be very hard to grasp by those who hear it, as can be seen from the reports of people fainting and weeping openly without abandon while Edwards gave the sermon.