PDA #2 In 1631, after arriving in Boston, Puritan minister Roger Williams preached in Plymouth and Salem. That was before he was banished from Massachusetts in 1635. Afterwards, Williams made a home for himself in Providence, Rhode Island. After spending the majority of his time amongst Indians while in Plymouth and Providence, he wrote a dictionary of New England Indian words while he was sailing back to England in 1643.
The founders also stated that for their to be virtue there needs to be religion, as one must render god and put all faith in him as the source of all organisms and the principles of daily routines. As the founders mentioned, virtue is vital because without virtue there can be no liberty, which is key in American societies. In order for one to be virtuous they need to display morally good or righteous qualities. According to the founding fathers the moral man knows that there are set parameters regarding how he can live.
Franklin derived thirteen virtues he believed every person should live by; temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. He believed that these thirteen virtues were the key to a successful and pure life. It can be assumed that Franklin’s thirteen virtues were modeled after beliefs from his Puritan upbringing. Franklin not only describes each virtue but, also models a process in which to work to master these thirteen virtues. Franklin’s process for mastering each virtue is simple.
Since the first civilizations, cultures have valued certain virtues. The dictionary defines a virtue as “a good and moral quality. ”[explain it better] Virtues are vital to every culture. They determine how people conduct themselves, what religion they follow, and how they interact with the world around them.
Overall, in the book, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, there are some very strong and applicable points that I believe, should be shared as much as possible. For instance, in the entire book one, Lewis rambles on about the moral law of society, and the outcome of peoples over complicated ways of thinking. He mentions the so called standard of behavior, which it upheld by the thinker to believe that whatever way he sees the situation should be the right way, and however the situation is presented in his mind is how it should be played out. Lewis gives many diverse examples of this action such as, sharing a “bit of orange,” since I “gave you some of mine.” the greed involved with the way of thinking is what Lewis called the law of nature.
The Colonial Period in American literature was very important throughout our time. When Christopher Columbus first set foot on American soil he thought he discovered a new world. However, American Indians lived here for thousands of years before. As J.H. Parry states in his book The Spanish Seaborne Empire, “Columbus did not discover a new world; he established contact between two worlds, both already old.” The Colonial Period in American Literature had key components including puritans, rationalists, and Native Americans.
Freedom to Prosecute Religion The New World is often thought of as a safe haven from religious persecution. Many future colonists had been persecuted for not accepting their countries' religious doctrine and were willing to travel long distances in search of religious freedom. A vast land away from the parenting company was a perfect place for a fresh start. Religious freedom would still be far from grasp, as many religious sects would continue their homelands traditions of persecution for many more years.
I think that Ben Franklin's intentions for moral perfection are accurate. Being held to such a high standard will make ultimately make you a better human being. Some of these standards are just impossible to achieve. I personally think that virtue number 6 industry, does not have to be achieved to be perfect. Someone can be perfect and still have time to rest.
I believe that the two guiding principles that Benjamin Franklin value the most are adaptability and initiative. Throughout his autobiography he possesses many of the guiding principles but these two stick out the most. He adapts very well and he takes initiative even when he doesn’t have to. Benjamin Franklin possessed adaptability in his autobiography in many different ways.
George Herbert Meade refers to religion consistently throughout most of his texts. Specifically, Meade connects religion to his ethics and views of the world, illustrating that religion has had a tremendous influence on him. Meade’s father was a Congregationalist minister in Massachusetts, and was also a professor at Oberlin Theological Seminary. As a result, religion was a substantial part of Meade’s early life and clearly had an impact on his writing. Meade’s views and ethics position is highly influenced by religion.
In the 1960’s the civil rights movement was an ongoing movement that many of today’s african american heroes emerged from like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin. These three men were the head figures for the civil rights movement fighting for black rights. Malcolm X and Martin Luther king both sought to gain rights for african americans but did not always view the same way. James Baldwin was a man that was viewed as a radical and propagandist for his beliefs because he believed the solution was through love and peace. Even though his beliefs were seen as extreme James Baldwin beliefs focused more on the benefits of the humanity than on a single race.
In today’s world, many different people from many different backgrounds and countries hold certain values close to their hearts. Though different values are held close to different people, people always have held values close to them. A major value that people around the world hold close is courage. A major reason that people hold courage close is because people who have courage are often looked up to. In today’s world however it seems that many people undervalue courage.