For more than two hundred years, U.S. presidents have preached similar jerseys in State of the Union speeches and in speeches on July 4. They follow Jeremiah`s well-known formula: We must be wary of enemies who plan to destroy us; We must recognize the gap between our ideals and current realities; and we must reject corruption, greed, selfishness and other sins; and finally, we must work together to restore our superiority among the nations of the world. With God at our side, we will pursue the American dream and fulfill our sacred destiny of the Manifesto. Sacvan Bercovitch, like Max Weber in the 19th century, asserts that the emphasis within Puritan society on hard work in the earthly vocation, in seeking spiritual redemption, works well with the spirit of capitalism. Early on, the Puritans struggled to separate God`s grace from commercial profits. Those who seemed really pious seemed to be the same people who were getting rich. One of Samuel Willard`s sermons entitled “Heavenly Merchandize; or the purchase of the recommended TRUTH and the sale of Diswaded` to address the religious pragmatism of its parishioners, members of the so-called merchant Church. While the Puritans Weber or Bercovitch would never have difficulty understanding their arguments, their behavior reflected an unconscious recognition of how spiritual and material vocation, as they called it, could bring heavenly rewards and heavenly rewards.
These puritanical influences in American culture are so powerful and enduring that they are part of the American identity. Many people in other countries identify Americans as Puritans, and despite the high percentage of the U.S. population that has come from abroad, many of them take some of the Puritan values like long hours of hard work, few days off and vacation, proud not to run out of work, and they pass these values on to their children. As the Puritan founders understood, the importance of America is a promise that still needs to be kept, whether it is the promise of religious freedom or economic opportunity, a dream that has jeopardized the dangers of the Atlantic and an unknown wilderness. While the works of American literature often complain about the failure of the American dream and parts of the population can sometimes be disillusioned with their false promises, parents, especially immigrants of recent times, continue to teach their children to believe in the possibilities of working hard and to look to the future with optimism, because the dream can be realized for them. As long as this faith continues, the puritanical rituals of national conversion, awakening and renewal will continue. Richard and later Increase Mather supported him, as did Edward Taylor; But Solomon Stoddard, of Northampton, argued that after the half-covenant, no one should participate in the Lord`s Supper until he had some knowledge and certainty of salvation; without this knowledge, participation in the Last Supper was doomed. Stoddard said that no one could know that he had been saved with absolute certainty; Therefore, all well-behaved Christians should be admitted to the Last Supper in the hope that they will be able to provide the grace that saves or convert to it. (Grabo 32) The aim of this essay is to follow the impact of 17th-century New England puritanism on the development of the United States of America. Many scholars have argued that many elements of puritanism persist in the culture and society of the United States, long after the puritanism of New England, which was discussed in the following pages, was recognized.