Analysis : ' Paradise ' And ' The New Jerusalem ' Essay

2177 Words Sep 26th, 2016 9 Pages
Piety, courage, and industry, were the Pilgrims’ most cherished values. They were thought such a necessity because of each values’ strong place in building a stable and prosperous community, as well as keeping a “morally” intact society, the “new Jerusalem.”
But “paradise” is not to be gained without challenge and great effort against the “enemy of God” and they came in the form of hardship, privation, and fear. Bradford, Winthrop, Bradstreet, and Edwards wrote of these hardships that they and their fellows faced in a foreign land, with no shelter to go to, no inns to restore their spirits and health, no familiar objects and environment of their European culture previously readily available to them, nothing but seemingly endless land filled with strange animals and fierce and oddly decorated humans of a completely different skin-tone and way of life.
In the face of all this strangeness, the early “pioneers” needed great drive, industry, courage, and in their eyes, piety, to take on the making of a new life. God expected them to be about the work of building the beautiful city and not be idle. How much attitudes had changed in Europe in the space of a few hundred years! Before the Humanist movement came with the Renaissance, people believed they must depend on the miraculous intervention of God to change their circumstances, give them a just king or good weather for good crops. In contrast, the pilgrims believed that they were doing god’s work, they did not spend their…

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