Martin Luther : The Religious Beliefs Of John Calvin

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In 1517 Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral that ignited the chaos of the protestant reformation. The 95 Theses included 95 complaints against the Catholic ways. These ideas spread across Europe and into the thoughts of many including some of the founders of America and most importantly in John Calvin. John Calvin took his beliefs and mixed them with Luther’s in return creating the dominant theological credo for the New England Puritans, Calvinism. There were two groups of Puritans Separatists and Non-Separatists. The separatists were the main group as many know as the Pilgrims. They were aboard the Mayflower in 1620 looking forward to establishing a new church in the New World. The trip took two months and when they arrived the passengers found an abandoned village and that they were also in the wrong location because of this they were not supposed to technically be there at all. The Mayflower Compact was the result of this. It set a law of the land and a government for the people. This is how the lives of the puritans were started in the New World. The Puritans set many rules and expectations for themselves some of which turned into their selfish ways, but they lived by five main general ideas. First is absolute sovereignty which is the belief that God is in total control, or providence. The second law is of human depravity. This is that all humans and what they do are evil all because of Adam and Eve and that God must intiative

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