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A war torn land of the early Americas created a want for the relief that Christian sects sought when originally retreating from Europe. These early colonists relied on the belief of savior that would redeem them in an eternal sphere, but the absence of an immediate savior in the midst of terror inspired the idea of characters that could act as flawed, yet effective Christ-like figures in the present moment. Mary Rowlandson, Hannah Dustan, and Olaudah Equiano each follow a path that mimics that of Christ’s: death, resurrection, and providing the redemption of others through their tribulation. Dustan redeemed fellow captives, Rowlandson redeemed the land, and Equiano redeemed his people. These characters not only provided hope for a peaceful future, but through their actions reminded the colonists of Christ, and with their human flaws reminded the colonists of their need for Christ.

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3082 JFSB

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18-3-2016 1:00 PM

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18-3-2016 2:00 PM

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Early American Need for Christ

3082 JFSB

A war torn land of the early Americas created a want for the relief that Christian sects sought when originally retreating from Europe. These early colonists relied on the belief of savior that would redeem them in an eternal sphere, but the absence of an immediate savior in the midst of terror inspired the idea of characters that could act as flawed, yet effective Christ-like figures in the present moment. Mary Rowlandson, Hannah Dustan, and Olaudah Equiano each follow a path that mimics that of Christ’s: death, resurrection, and providing the redemption of others through their tribulation. Dustan redeemed fellow captives, Rowlandson redeemed the land, and Equiano redeemed his people. These characters not only provided hope for a peaceful future, but through their actions reminded the colonists of Christ, and with their human flaws reminded the colonists of their need for Christ.