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Focus is to be on Baxter as a Puritan writer. (155). What does Baxter say about the acquisition of wealth? Wealth is a temptation to be combated (156-7). What does he say about the enjoyment of wealth, leisure, and other pleasures? To waste time is to be sinful (157). Sport is tolerated only insofar as it is recreation necessary for laboring activity (167). Theatre is the enemy of the Puritans (169). The individual comes to have a duty to his possessions, as a steward (rather than his possessions serving him) (170). What does is the Puritan description of the value of labor? Everlasting rest is to be in Heaven. Now is the time to work!! (157) Thus, inactive contemplation is sinful while labor combats against temptation as an approved ascetic technique (158). He who eats must work, even the wealthy (159). What is then the Puritan view of the division of labor? The division of labor is to be known by its fruits. It is in success in the calling that the individual will prove his grace (contrast is with Lutheranism, not with Calvinism) (161).
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