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3. Utopian Promise   

3. Utopian

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Activities: Context Activities

Core Contexts
Apocalypse: The End of the World as They Knew It
John Winthrop reports in his Journal that in 1637 a Puritan woman was driven to despair by her inability to ascertain whether she was one of God's "elect," destined for heaven, or one of the damned: "having been in much trouble of mind about her spiritual estate, [she] at length grew into... Go

Souls in Need of Salvation, Satan's Agents, or Brothers in Peace?: English Settlers' Views of Native Americans
When English immigrants set sail for the "New World" in the early seventeenth century, many of them believed that they would be settling what William Bradford called "a vast and unpeopled country." When they arrived in America, however, they found not an empty wilderness but a developed region with a large population... Go

Puritan Typology: Living the Bible
The Puritans developed typology as a mode both for reading scripture and for understanding the significance of historical and current events. In its strictest sense, typology refers to the practice of explicating signs in the Old Testament as foreshadowing events, personages, ceremonies, and objects in the... Go

Extended Contexts
The Doctrine of Weaned Affections: In Search of Spiritual Milk
One of the most important theological doctrines for many Puritans is what has been called the "doctrine of weaned affections." This doctrine holds that individuals must learn to wean themselves from earthly attachments and instead make spiritual matters their priority. Obviously, inappropriate earthly attachments included... Go

Plain Style: Keeping it Simple
The term plain style refers to a mode of expression characterized by its clarity, accessibility, straightforward simplicity, and lack of ornamentation. In early America, the plain-style aesthetic had broad cultural relevance, shaping the language of prose and poetry, the design... Go

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