Delightful Conviction: Jonathan Edwards and the Rhetoric of Conversion


In analyzing the preachings of Jonathan Edwards in 18th century colonial America, the authors demonstrate how his rhetoric focused on converting and persuading listeners in ways that are still relevant. The authors delineate the basic tenets of Puritan theology, place Edwards' noted sermons within a historical framework and show how his psycho-spiritual ideas have had a lasting impact on American literature, religious and intellectual history. This reference provides a critical analysis, noted speech texts, chronology, and review of bibilographical sources, offering an in-depth study of an enigmatic, great American orator which is pertinent for various uses in a several fields.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Bernard K. Duffy
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993


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