By Andrea Knutson
This examine examines how the concept that of conversion and the legacy of the doctrine of education, as articulated in Puritan Reformed theology and transplanted to the Massachusetts Bay colony, remained an essential cultural strength shaping advancements in American literature, theology, and in philosophy within the type of pragmatism.
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With this in mind, I would offer that the conventional expression Caldwell identifies emerges, in Ramist terms, as the new expression of the dialectic undertaken to mediate between the overarching dichotomy that brackets the experience of the migration and the pattern of isolation—that is, the move from old England to New England. The convention, therefore, becomes the communal expression of a will to believe, an expression of the saints’ understanding of New England’s reintroduction as a means postmigration, thereby transforming their isolation, discursively, into membership.
The word relates Christ, but the Spirit is the interpreter of the word. . Now, the Spirit ever shows us things 36 american spaces of conversion as they are, even though they be deep things and mysteries, it makes them plain. . 2. Because the sight of the knowledge of Christ, it is as the knowledge of a thing in a glass. . Now, though you see not the man face to face, yet if you see him in a glass, there you see him as he is. . 3. Because that estate of the saints is translated into a state of glory.
A Believing Attitude 39 5. When thou seest it thus, yet it is the love of Christ that passeth knowledge. (PTV, 62) In containing the idea of God’s love in a list and through terms of measurement, Shepard believes he has made it available to be understood by his congregation. Yet, only a few lines later Shepard qualifies the mechanistic process of perception he has just described with what has the tone of an apology—and spiritism—of a sort of longing for immediacy in a felt relation to the divine: “The eye is but little, yet can comprehend a mighty world quickly; man’s mind is but little, yet can comprehend, though not the infiniteness, yet an infinite” (63).