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Weekly Reflection 4 - was productive and not harmful or...

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William Byun Week 4 Reflection Section 1 In 17 th century English Protestantism, the belief was very simple compared to the general Catholic belief. Catholics believed in God, who then led to the Catholic Church, and then finally would reach the people. In order to communicate or relate to God, the people had to go through the Church rather than directly to God, in which the church connected the people with God. Unlike Catholicism, English Protestantism in the 17 th century took out the Church that separated the people from God. There was no more hierarchy that complicated the process and thus created a deeper relationship between Protestants and God. Also, this freedom from the hierarchy and direct relationship gave Protestants a greater sense of responsibility because of the lack of the Church to lead them in their religion. In order to praise God and exercise His will, they believed that man must do something to nature positively to serve God’s needs. Therefore, they used nature to serve God in a way that
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Unformatted text preview: was productive and not harmful or wasteful. This relates to John Locke’s first rights to private property because of the sense of nature that John Locke uses in his explanation. John Locke believed that in order for someone to claim property, they would have to work the soil, the natural ground, for farming and producing food. Protestants’ belief that they had obligations to serve God’s will by transforming nature goes along hand in hand with Locke’s belief that property is gained through physical work on the soil of the property, thus “mixing one’s sweat with the soil”. English Protestants’ beliefs and John Locke’s belief on private property almost go hand in hand where if the Protestant serve God’s needs by using nature positively, which most likely means to farm and grow produce, plants, and trees, then they are simultaneously following John Locke’s theory and creating private property....
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