John Winthrop Vs William Penn

analytical Essay
702 words
702 words

The American political notions we practice today take root from early colonial times. Our political understanding had its genesis as early as the 17th century, which stemmed from the writings of intellectuals, such as John Winthrop and William Penn. Equipped with these convictions, both Winthrop and Penn brought about visions of how their respective colonies will be structured in the New World. John Winthrop wrote The Modell of Christian Charity as a platform to lead a group of Puritan refugees in the colony of Boston, Massachusetts. Also armed with his own political philosophies, William Penn’s Frame of Government of Pennsylvania constructed a settlement, which promoted religious liberty and individual conscience. Although the two founders wrote about varying principles, there were some parallels evident between their founding visions. Furthermore, by highlighting the outward distinctions and similarities of their visions, we can recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the two political structures. Ultimately, the explorations of these very elements aid in determining which community is more appealing to call home. In my case, the principle of individual …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that american political notions take root from early colonial times. their political understanding stemmed from the writings of intellectuals, such as john winthrop and william penn.
  • Analyzes john winthrop's rhetoric in the modell of christian charity. he emphasizes that heterogeneity fosters charity and goodwill to one another.
  • Analyzes how william penn's frame of government of pennsylvania reflects the concept of a political structure maintained by individual consciousness and religious liberty.
  • Opines that all persons living in pennsylvania who confess and acknowledge god as creator, upholder, and ruler of the world, shall not be molested or prejudiced for their religious persuasion.
  • Analyzes how penn's piece upholds religious freedom as a law and highlights the acceptance of all religions as long as they live in peace with one another.

Unlike Winthrop who called for shared cooperation, Penn upheld liberty of conscience and affirmed that no entity has the authority to rule over one’s consciousness. Specifically writing the law, “That, in all courts all persons of all persuasions may freely appear in their own way, and according to their own manners and there personally plead their own cause themselves” (Frame of Government of Pennsylvania). Certainly, he understood the individual’s right to his own thinking, even going as far as entrusting them to advocate for themselves in the court of law. Further, religious liberty also took root in

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