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Please always write the date and the title of the journal entry. Write a paragraph response using complete sentences. You do not need to copy the prompt.
Write about your expectations for the class. What do you hope to get out of this class? What would you like to see us do or talk about over the course of the year? What have you enjoyed learning about in previous classes?
Total Depravity - through Adam's fall, every human is born sinful - concept of Original Sin.
Unconditional Election - God "saves" those he wishes - only a few are selected for salvation - concept of predestination.
Limited Atonement - Jesus died for the chosen only, not for everyone.
Irresistible Grace - God's grace is freely given, it cannot be earned or denied. Grace is defined as the saving and transfiguring power of God.
Perseverance of the "saints" - those elected by God have full power to interpret the will of God, and to live uprightly. If anyone rejects grace after feeling its power in his life, he will be going against the will of God - something impossible in Puritanism.
The new diseases that Europeans brought caused horrible epidemics that killed many Native Americans. Small pox especially ravaged the Native American population.
As Europeans became more self-sufficient, they began to push the Native Americans away from their settlements.
Native Americans related to the land differently than Europeans; they did not think of land “ownership” in the legalistic way that Europeans did.
In his work The Invasion of America, Historian Francis Jennings comments,
“ Europeans did not find a wilderness here; rather, however involuntarily, they made one. Jamestown, Plymouth, Salem, Boston, Providence, New New Amsterdam, Philadelphia—all grew upon sites previously occupied by Indian communities. So did Quebec and Montreal and Detroit and Chicago. The so-called settlement of America was a resettlement, a reoccupation of land made waste by the diseases and demoralization introduced by the newcomers.”
Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 1: Puritanism & Colonial Period: to 1700." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/ chap1/chap1.html (July 6, 2009).
Beers, Kylene, and Carol Jago, Deborah Appleman, and Leila Christenbury, eds. “Encounters and Foundations to 1800.” Elements of Literature: Essential Elements of American Literature. NewYork: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2007. 1-19. Print.