Randomness with Influence from God: William Bradford and the Puritan Movement

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Language is the universal means by which man has communicated and conversed for thousands of years. Language is deeply rooted in entertaining via storytelling; however, also in the church. One principle thought of the Puritans was that most of the happenings are connected to God. This mindset is not very logical according to today’s standards but were a common belief during the 17th century. Religious explanation for earthly events is very prevalent in William Bradford’s writings. Are these events only sudden freak events that occur or are they really interference from a higher being? Deaths in the 17th century were common occurrences, but when a health hearty seaman dies suddenly Bradford is suspect. Earlier in the voyage, this same “lusty” seaman was criticizing the seasick passengers. The seaman even threatened harsh decisions such as just throwing the sick travelers overboard to clear out some of the human cargo on the boat. He was overruled by the crew thankfully; however continued to curse often and distastefully. His untimely sickness and soon death was in Bradford’s words, ...

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