Puritan Ideology

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Tiffany American Literature Before 1865 14 February 2012 Puritan Ideology: Irresistible Grace Puritanism was a group of practices and principles that created reforms in doctrine and religion. The basic Puritan beliefs were founded on the TULIP concept. It is an acronym that stands for: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints. There are also other beliefs outside of TULIP, such as typology, manifest destiny, and backsliding. However, a principle that was focused on by John Winthrop and Jonathan Edwards is irresistible grace. It makes the assertion that God’s grace is freely given; it cannot be earned or denied. Grace is recognized as the saving and transfiguring…show more content…
John Winthrop and Jonathon Edwards both present examples of irresistible grace in their sermons. Winthrop does this in “A Model of Christian Society” by explaining that with God’s grace and one’s own ability to live according to his plan they will be successful. Edwards does this in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by showing the sinners that it is only God’s irresistible grace that is keeping them from being cast into hell. Although Edwards portrays God as “angry,” both Winthrop and Edwards believe that He is a just God, they just want their people to live right. Works Cited Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2007. 605-609.
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