Sunday, February 8, 2009
John Winthrop And William Bradford
After reading the articles, it was pretty clear that John Winthrop and William Bradford were similar when it came to their beliefs in religion and in their nations as a whole, and Mather proves this idea well to his readers. Throughout the course of history, many considerable happenings have formed and made our society what it appears to be today: free. William Bradford lived through a very symbolic time in American history and not only did he witness the time, so did anyone who read his pieces of writings, seeing as he did write about all of his experience. He was accountable for the young Plymouth colony's success through some extreme hardships. The Pilgrims were looked upon as complete abdicates from the Church of England. The success of the Plymouth was based on covenantalism - the belief that men could form compacts or covenants in the sight of God as a structure for a government without the approval of a higher authority. In similarity, John Winthrop was on a very close level. As governor of Massachusetts, Winthrop help a very strong belief in understanding God’s reasoning and purposes for the colony. The church was the center of the people’s lives in that time, and that is just how Winthrop wanted it. After reading the articles, it came clear that John Winthrop understood the ideas and intentions that Jesus Christ had for the nation, and soon enough something was going to be set up in which the individual was free to act and choose according to his free will, also having to live up to a social, lawful order. These pieces show us that both Winthrop and Bradford went through a lot to try and preach to their people the word of God, and it was never noticed as much as it should’ve been. Both of these great men of Christian history were men of integrity and humanity, and both men laid out the ground work for the generations to come. They both were prepared to deal with their people by the assistance of God and the Holy Spirit.