Differences And Similarities Between Jonathan Edwards And Thomas Paine

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In18th century, two movements were spread across America. They greatly influenced the way how people think about religion, and more importantly they challenged the authority. They were the Great Awakening and the Enlightenment. Philosophers such as Jonathan Edwards and Thomas Paine brought their theory and belief to the public and caused great impact. Although they might have different belief, but Jonathan Edwards and Thomas Paine were more similar than they appeared.
In Jonathan Edwards’s famous work, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Edwards’s attitude appeared to be an extreme Christian. At the start of this work, he wrote, “So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell; they have deserved the

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