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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 

Embrace Further Light

It's Thanksgiving in Japan. Just read an interesting article on the Pilgrim-Puritans from the csmonitor.com. Here are some interesting notes:

- "Thanksgiving may offer an annual moment to reflect on Pilgrims and Puritans, who migrated to America on the grounds that the Church of England was beyond reform. On the eve of their departure from Leiden, Mr. Robinson, the pastor, says in a sermon remembered by pilgrim Edward Winslow that it is time to move past the Reformation. Lutherans will only go so far as Luther, and the Calvinists only so far as Calvin. In the present hour, Robinson says, it is possible to 'embrace further light.'"

- "The Pilgrims – unlike British Puritans who wanted to turn Massachusetts into a theocracy – sharply advocated church-state separation...They were far more tolerant of other faiths and open to the idea that their theology, like all human dogma, might contain errors."

- "As Bangs and many other Puritan scholars note, it is impossible to conceive the mind and the soul of the Puritan as something other than biblical and religious. The Puritan model was to constantly examine the world and oneself in immediate terms of righteousness and sin. The Puritan mind was a blend of intense reason and piety; church was a place where God's word dwelt among the gathered, who were equal in His eyes."

"'The Pilgrims call themselves Pilgrims, and they see life on earth as a temporary stop on the way to heaven,'Bangs notes in an interview. 'You can't talk about Thanksgiving as something secular. They don't think in those terms. So the Pilgrims are experimenting. They will not draw from Anglican or Roman Catholic tradition. They aren't doing the English harvest festival, but a religiously formed appropriate day, using Deuteronomy and the 3rd of October in Leiden.'"

- entire article here

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