Friday, August 15, 2008

To [Jonathan] Edwards, lightning was both an admirable work of nature as well as evidence of God's majesty, and his scientific curiosity led him to view lightning with wonder rather than fear. "And scarce any thing, among all the works of nature, was so delightful to me as thunder and lightning, formerly nothing had been so terrible to me. Before, I used to be uncommonly terrified with thunder... but now, on the contrary, it rejoiced me. I felt God, if I may so speak, at the first appearance of a thunderstorm; and used to take the opportunity, at such times, to fix myself in order to view the clouds, and see the lightnings play."

Out of the Blue, p 76


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