American Puritans Vs Humanists

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Why is it that in today’s society people do good? Is it because they fear that an angry God may smite them, or reward them based on their behaviors? Is it because they feel the need to make the world a better place by helping their neighbor? These are two philosophies thought by the early American Puritans and the American Humanists. Both philosophies can be argued as to why Americans today do good, however it may be a mixture of both philosophies that make Americans behave as they do. Americans show a hard work ethic and respect to their neighbors and friends, which can be represented by both philosophies. The early Puritans believe that hard work pleases God, and that by working hard it will give them a key straight into the gates of Heaven. …show more content…
It can be seen in the Bible in the Book of Exodus chapter 20 verses (2-17) “The Ten Commandments” the Lord says “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” The Puritans who believe strongly in pleasing God so that they can get to Heaven show respect to their neighbors because they believe it is what God wants them to do. Today it is not only seen in Americans, but in Christians all around the world who are trying to follow the word of the lord, simply because they believe that God is perfect and trusting in him is the best way to make life, people around, and the world a much better place. Therefore making God the ideal reasoning behind Puritans and modern day Americans having respect for their fellow neighbors and friends. Humanists on the other hand respect their neighbors solely on the fact that they believe having good relations with friends and neighbors helps strengthen the community and the world. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson wrote in the “Declaration of Independence” that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” Jefferson believes that showing respect towards others can only lead to good things, which is why he states that