The beliefs and goals of the puritans that are

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The beliefs and goals of the puritans that are depicted in the sermon explain how they feel that they are an example for human standard. Being on a theoretical hill would put their behavior on display allowing the rest of the world to see that intolerance can push successful people away, hindering the growth of their own society. Winthrop uses the phrase "by word of mouth" to show how that slowly but surely their success not only their strict society will be known globally.
Winthrop is trying to motivate his audience about how they will be an idol for all other societies. Winthrop believes that the "pressure is on" for them to succeed and for the colony to maintain their beliefs so they can be a true example. He wants the puritans to keep their principles, to prove something, something that cant be attained by everyone, especially in modern society. August 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM Scott Walkinshaw said... Alyssa, I really like your response to the first question. it was very thorough and accurate but i have to disagree with you on your final thought in your response. In my opinion I don't think that America is "a city upon a hill" for developing countries. How could America be an idol when it has one of the highest poverty, unemployment, and death rates in developed nations. Sincerely, Scott August 19, 2013 at 11:10 PM Ashley Maloney said... Dear Scott, I agree with you in the statement you made saying "to prove something." I think that is a very good thought. Winthrop wants to keep a lasting impression. Do you think the Puritans and Winthrop set a true example for our modern society? August 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM Jenna Stepleman said... 4.) A city on a hill gives the idea of being looked up to because of its superiority. A city on a hill can be see by everyone around so the puritans thought they should model what they believed to be "perfect behavior". It also suggests a protected area because a literal city on a hill would be high enough to avoid any problems that would affect a normal city such as flooding and fire. This hints to me a small amount of arrogance in the text with him believing nothing could harm them Winthrop put this image into his text because he wanted to give a vivid idea of how our everyday lives have been impacted without us even stopping to notice. 5. The phrase “a city upon a hill” is still used by politicians in speaking about America because America still continues to try to show the world the way of a perfect nation( metaphorically speaking). I also firmly believe America may have some of the arrogance the term "city on a hill" implies to me, and that has caused some political unrest with other nations. But aside from politics America ( being as young a nation as it is) has made some amazing strides in music,technology, language, and ideas that will continue to affect other nations whether the political unrest worsens or lessens.
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