The Concept Of Predestination In Puritan Literature

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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a group of people named the Puritans sought to flee from the country of England in an effort to escape the Anglican church to find religious freedom. The Puritans sought to purify the church and remove some factors, such as corruption. After first attempting to settle in Holland, they immigrated to the New World where they began to live in communities that allowed them to be within close proximity to each other. Inside of these tightly knit communities, the Puritans strictly adhered their beliefs. Throughout a vast majority Puritan literature, there are numerous parallels that can be drawn about God and the Calvinist idea of predestination.
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In the eyes of the Puritans, God had already chosen a path for them for the afterlife. Although this path had already been chosen, the Puritans believed that it was of the utmost importance not to deviate from the path of righteousness. If they did deviate from the path of righteousness, it would be obvious that God had not decided to spare them in the afterlife. According to a piece titled “On the Burning of Her House” by Anne Bradstreet, “... my pleasant things in ashes lie and them behold no more shall I. Under the roof no guest shall sit, nor at thy Table eat a bit. No pleasant talk shall ‘ere be told.” (214-215) Later on in this document she continued, “ In silence ever shalt thou lie. Adieu, adieu, all’s vanity.” (215) In this excerpt, Bradstreet went from feeling sad and lost to some degree after her possessions were ruined, however, at the end she changed her tone and went from feeling sad to trying to justify not feeling sad by saying that it was vain. Bradstreet said this due to the fact that it was not considered becoming by most of the Puritans to feel sadness over losing items, because they still had their lives and

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