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Reading Questions Spencer - A Promised Land 1 According to...

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A Promised Land 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? Voting 1. Pope lists some plausible explanations for the reasons that motivate people to vote. What conclusions does he draw about why people choose to vote? 2. According to Pope, what message do voters declare as they vote? 3. What is paradoxical about the action of voting? 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? From “A Model of Christian Charity”
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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 create a better society? Do you see any weaknesses within Winthrop’s image? Is there room for those who hold diverse opinions within Winthrop’s ―city‖? Little Speech on Liberty 1. How do natural and civil liberty differ? How do Winthrop’s views on liberty compare to Benjamin Constant’s? 2. According to Winthrop natural and civil liberty each view political authority in a different light. How do the two compare? How might Winthrop’s position as a leader of a newly formed colony influence his choice to underscore the importance of civil liberty? 3. What are the advantages and the disadvantages of Winthrop’s civil or moral liberty?
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