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Reading Questions for Packet Readings A Promised Land – Jeffrey R. Holland 1. According to Elder Holland, America may be seen as a sacred place. What determines whether a location is sacred or profane? What must be done in order to maintain a location’s sacred nature? 2. Quoting Benjamin Franklin, Elder Holland remarks that America’s “cause is the cause of all mankind.” How does America’s experience illustrate this truth both spiritually and politically? 3. Throughout history, many people built up civilizations upon the American continent. Some succeeded—others did not. According to Elder Holland why did some early societies fail? Why did the founders believe they succeeded? The Mayflower Compact 1. Though Pilgrims and Puritans sought to create a godly “covenant community,” they also cared deeply about politics. In what ways might Puritan religious beliefs influence political beliefs? How are both concerns evident within the Mayflower Compact? Does one concern predominate over the other, or do they reinforce one another? 2. Upon arriving in the New World, the Mayflower Compact records that Pilgrims sought to create a political covenant with each other. What does it mean to create a political covenant? Drawing on the document as well as previous reading within City Upon a Hill , how might such covenants help new societies escape the human predicament? A Christian at His Calling – Cotton Mather 1. Cotton Mather records that men involved in all vocations may glorify God through their callings. How might this idea impact Puritans who were placed in positions of political leadership? Seen in this light, what are the similarities and differences between the Christian Calling and the Divine Right of Kings? 2. Like so many Puritan beliefs, Mather’s view of the Christian Calling involves covenant making. What are men called to do within their calling, and what may they expect as their reward for so doing? 3. Parts of our Puritan past still influence the present. Do you think this is the case with the Christian Calling? Does society still look upon work the way Puritans did? What evidence of this idea of a Christian Calling can you still see today?
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A Model of Christian Charity – John Winthrop 1. Winthrop notes that “God Almighty in His most holy and wise providence, hath so disposed of the condition of mankind, as in all times some must be rich, some poor, some high and eminent in power and dignity; others mean and in submission.” The thought that God promotes economic inequality bothers many today. How does Winthrop justify this belief? Do you find his argument convincing? 2. Within his speech, Winthrop characterizes Puritan society as the “body of Christ.” What does this imagery tell us about how Puritans viewed their community? What responsibilities did each individual have to promote the community’s good? 3. How might Winthrop’s portrayal of America as a “City Upon a Hill” encourage Puritans to
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 100 taught by Professor Dr,holland during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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