A Model Of Christian Charity Essay

1084 Words Sep 28th, 2014 5 Pages
1. Three important ideas in A Model in Christian Charity are
a. Every individual must be unique to maintain and ensure community with each other.
i. This is why Winthrop opens up the article with "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 subjection (Winthrop 1).” All people are born differently; some are rich and some are poor. Some control the majority of the power and others submit to that power.
b. Acts of kindness by the rich towards the poor and the poor making peace with the rich promotes community and the ideal utopianism.
i. This is like the first idea where a community will thrive when the rich are selfless and assist the poor when in need while the poor complies with the rich. Furthermore, Winthrop states that a plethora of wealth would lead to corruption and greed, hence disregarding the social needs for the poor. Thus, public life must create a working relationship between wealth and love. Members of the Puritans must love one another to be capable of dispersing some of the riches to the poor. This means that emotions are also necessary for society to function stating "the way to draw men to the works of mercy, is not by force of Argument from the goodness or necessity of the work; for though this cause may enforce, a rational mind to some present act of mercy, as is frequent in experience, yet it…

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