John Winthrop And Sewall Analysis

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The Age of the Puritan Writers There are many writers (works) who have contributed to American Literature with their Puritan ideals. Furthermore, two of the main Puritan standouts of this time were John Winthrop (“A Model of Christian Charity”) and Samuel Sewall (“The Selling of Joseph”). Although, both writers showed differences in their style of writing, they both try to spread a greater message: that the world should be unified and just in their dealings with one another, because this is the only way God would allow for their success. To visualize a clear picture of this unification and justification, Winthrop and Sewall organized the structure of their works in stating a thesis/purpose for their writing, proof of evidence using biblical…show more content…
Ultimately, Sewall wanted humanity to understand that “naturally there should not be such a thing as slavery (323).” Winthrop thesis states that: “God Almighty in his most holy and wise providence, hath so disposed of the condition of mankind, as in all times, some must be rich, some poor, some high and eminent in power and dignity; others mean and in subjection (Winthrop 166).” God has put in place the functioning/hierarchy of the world. He has made some people rich, so that they are able to help the poor; as well as, he has made some high in power to assert authority and structure in the world. Americans and others should understand from these theses that God has ordained everyone to do the right thing; in the end, everyone has “two rules that they are to walk by–justice and mercy…show more content…
Sewall used stories from the bible and connected them to worldly situations that were occurring at this time. For example, he mentions how “God hath given the Earth [with all its commodities] unto the sons of Adam, Psalms 115.16. And hath made of one blood, all nations of men, for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation: That they should seek the lord, forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, Acts 17.26,27,29 (Sewall 232).” He uses these scriptures to explain to Americans how God has told them to live their lives on his earth. Everyone is entitled to freedom on his land because they are all equal (because of the blood of him they all share), and that they should hold to his unchanging hand because he is their father and will lead them in the right way. John Winthrop used his scriptures to express how people should become and remain one body of Christ to prosper in the “New World” they were starting. “Ephesians 4.16 says: “Christ, by whom all the body being knit together by every joint for the furniture thereof, according to the effectual power which is the measure of every perfection parts, a glorious body without spot or wrinkle, the ligaments hereof being Christ or his love, for Christ is love [1 John 4.8] (Winthrop 171).” Winthrop is saying that loving each other as Christ loves

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