Religious ideas Essay

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Religious ideas



Puritan, Enlightenment and Transcendentalist Ideas


As one might have discovered, things in life change every minute, day, week, month year
and century. It has been this way since the beginning of time and will continue to be
this way till Armageddon comes. Each time era has discovered a new way of thinking for
the heart, mind, body and soul. Several religions have come from these changing ideas,
whether they are similar or nothing alike, each idea is interesting and will forever
remain a part of history. Old-age thoughts can be found in the ideas of Puritan thought,
Enlightenment reason, and Transcendentalism. Each of these ways of thinking were quite
different, yet similar at the same time. All three ideas have their own reasons for being
great during its era and each has rationale on why it believes the way it does.

The old Puritan belief was a theory that honored God above all other things in life. A
Puritan’s first care was to serve God and keep an eye on others to make sure they were
also serving themselves to God. A Puritan strongley believed that in order to achieve
salvation after death, they must worship God through prayer in and outside the church,
and put emphasis on Bible reading, as well as preaching, in the worship services. The
Bible was considered the true law of God and would provide guidelines for the church
government. If worshipping God weren’t a Puritan’s first priority in life, then he would
not be saved after life was over.

The Enlightenment movement was an idea strongly influenced by the rise of modern science.
The views were based on reason or human understanding only, which they hoped would provide
changes in every area of life and thought. An enlightenment thinker firmly believed that
any man could become a perfect, divine being like that of God himself. Methods of thought
came from science and natural philosophy, which they hoped, would some day replace
religion as the means of knowing nature and destiny the of man. They felt everyone should
believe that he had the right to control his own destiny. The enlightenment understanding
was one in which emphasized the right to self-expression and human fulfillment. The
lasting heritage of Enlightenment thinking has contributed to literature, government,
philosophy and education.

The Transcendentalist way of thinking is inspired by thought, will, miracle and individual
culture. The belief is that his/her own way of thinking is of the highest nature, even
higher then God if that’s what he believes. A thinker of transcendentalism believes that
every object in nature is conscious and holds a spirit within. God is said to have given
all of man kind the gift of intuition, of insight and of inspiration and each human should
use it to the best of his/her ability. Ralph Waldo Emerson states that, “We will walk on
our own feet; we will work with out own hands; we will speak with our own minds…A nation
of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine
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