PLS 315-01

(5 highest grades on all question sheets will be factored into grades)

“Political Culture”

  • shared values & attitudes abt govt & political activity
    • broadly-shared, not partisan distinctions

Puritans

  • UK: radical protestants
  • emigrated to New England: MA, CT
    • less widespread: RI, NH
  • cultural-historic influence far disproportionate to actual population
    • self-govt
    • suspicion of govt power
    • checks & balances
    • “city on hill”
    • John Winthrop: 1630
      • HANDOUT:  “A Modell of Christian Charity,” aboard the Arrabella
    • national mission
      • found New Israel/Holy Commonwealth/Promised Land
      • set an example for the world
    • posits special relationship with god
    • absolutism
    • frames events in terms of good v. evil
    • politics & morality inseparable
      • govt should enforce morality

Pluralism: not Puritan concept

  • religion must be voluntary
  • self-supporting
  • member contributions
  • market-based v. subsidized
  • promotes & must operate in environment of innovation & choice
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