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3/24/09 Zazen Buddhism *possible links: purposelessness? Mindlessness? Puritans MA; John Winthrop (1600s) o righteousness with which New England would show mother England how to live o Good intentions o Sense of American self-righteousness that is part of US history & inheritance o Drew conclusions of practice that shape our common sense o Pre-requisites for membership: right doctrines, saintly behavior & good moral living, & an experience of saving grace (did not last to a 3 rd generation) leads to born-again experience, 2 nd sense of evangelical, heart-felt inner experience o Puritans at head of putting stress on inner experience not religious but spiritual o Separation of powers let nothing human usurp God’s absoluteness; let no one (even governors & ministers) have total power limit & separate powers within God’s holy community preachers cannot make laws, only political side has that function political side cannot tell preachers what to preach people outside church don’t lose voting rights Rhode Island Roger Williams
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