Essay On Puritan Theology

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Puritan Theology
Puritans always had very strict beliefs.Among these beliefs the puritans thought sin should not be expressed and a sinner should be shamed, hell is the single most terrifying thing so they instilled fear to get people to convert, and they are the city on a hill so they should lead by example and be the best. In the sermons Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, A Model of Christian Charity, and a Sermon Preached by Samson Occom the authors talk about some of these puritan beliefs.
Puritans thought of themselves as ‘the elect’. The elect is a group of people who were predestined to be saved by God. John Winthrop knows that the puritans believe that and plays it to his advantage. He uses this quote to prove to the puritans they
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He directly states the eyes of all people are upon us. Thus giving the puritans validation. He say this to win the over and get them to see his side by telling something they already believe. He used the puritan theology to prove his point. Another major aspect of puritan theology is the fear they instilled into the public. They always made hell seem so atrocious (as they should have). They did this to get people to convert to their religion. Edwards plays with idea, almost like Winthrop did, to establish fear to get the puritans to confess and be saved. One quote that really stood out was,
“The wrath of God burns against them; their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared; the fire is made ready; the furnace is now hot; ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow. The glittering sword is whet and held over them, and the pit hath opened her mouth under them. The devil stands ready to fall upon them, and seize them as his own”(Edwards
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