Describe the religious tone of Winthrop's A Model of Christian Charity. What is the significance of the references to Moses from the Book of Deuteronomy?

The religious tone of Winthrop's A Model of Christian Charity is optimistic and compassionate. He envisions the Puritans establishing a city on a hill that will be a model for the rest of the world to follow. He uses Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land as the pattern for what the Puritans are doing in America.

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Winthrop's tone in A Model of Christian Charity is one of optimism and compassion, as he looks forward with great hope and envisions the utopic society he believes his people can establish in the new land. He sees the English colonization of the Americas as establishing a city on a hill. Winthrop reminds his audience that the eyes of the world are on them. This is an unprecedented, God-given opportunity to build a city of God, a truly Christian kingdom, and he urges them to do so.

Winthrop emphasizes the need for this new community to take care of all its members with compassion and generosity. They need to build a new society that corrects the corruptions and cruelties of what was left behind in Europe. It is up to them to show the world that they can be a lantern illuminating the truth of how God wants his people to live.

Winthrop's language is saturated in Biblical religious imagery . The references to Moses are a form of typology. Typology argues that the events of the Old Testament...

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