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Consider Jonathan Edwards: “’Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ was one of the most famous sermons preached by [him], and it is reported that his listeners were brought to points of “weeping, swooning, crying out, and convulsions.” The most interesting report, however, is that “Edwards read the sermon in a monotone voice with his eyes fixated on the church bellrope.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinners_in_the_Hands_of_an_Angry_God)