me hysterical'. An excerpt from that sermon states:
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines ethics as follows: "Ethics, also called moral philosophy, involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior." (www.jonathanedwards.com/science.htm) Most of Jonathan's philosophical musings generally fall into the category of the meta-ethical. Edwards sought answers to philosophical questions while focusing on universal truths, the will of God, the role of reason in ethical judgments, and the meaning of ethical terms themselves.
There is reason to think, that there are many in this congregation now hearing this discourse that will actually be the subjects of this very misery to all eternity. We know not who they are, or in what seats they sit, or what thoughts they now have. It may be they are now at ease, and hear all these things without much disturbance, and are now flattering themselves that they are not the persons, promising themselves that they shall escape. If we knew that there was one person, and but one, in the whole congregation, that was to be the subject of this misery, what an awful thing would it be to think of!
Edwards, subscribing to an experiential interpretation of Reformed theology that emphasized the sovereignty of God, the depravity of humankind, the reality of hell, and the necessity of a "New Birth" conversion, with his writings furthered his notoriety as a revivalist preacher. While many critics attacked the convictions of his many supposed converts as deceptive and even the devil's work, Edwards filled an objective thrust upon him by his position as an apologist for the revivals.