"So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell." Not only was he a theologian and a philosopher. He was a brilliant writer. The powerful writings of Jonathon Edwards have heavily influenced modern literature from the beginning to the end of his life.
In the beginning of his life he made many contributions. He was born in Connecticut. He entered Yale at age thirteen after studying Latin, Greek, and Hebrew (Jonathon Edwards, Homepage). He later graduated and was converted to Jesus Christ. Edwards became a pastor of the Northampton church in Massachusetts where he succeeded his grandfather. At the time this was one of the most influential churches outside of Boston. He was later dismissed from the church due to unpopular beliefs. He believed in strict rules which didn't go over well with the congregation. From here he went to the mission post of Stockbridge.
This is the location where many of his famous works were conjured up. The best known of these is "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
His best known sermon was delivered during the time known as the Great Awakening (J.E. A New Biography, Iain Murray). During this time thousands of people were attending church daily and revival swept across the nation. Edwards is remembered for his preaching on all of the Lords attributes, especially his love, strength, and mercy. Nothing compares to his portrayal of the Lords hatred of sin. Although Edwards lacked charisma, his words touched the souls of many in ways never imagined. He was known to never look up at his congregation, only to stare at the rope for the church bell. He helped many of his listeners and followers feel the power of words.