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Puritanism In New England

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Puritanism was a religious movement that began in the late sixteenth century. The puritans were a group of reformed protestants who sought to “purify” the Church of England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, puritanism was not just a historical movement, it was a lifestyle that the puritans brought to New England. Puritanism can be defined by predestination, calling, covenant, Protestant ethic, and conversion. To begin with, the puritans adopted the idea of predestination from religious reformer, John Calvin. John Calvin’s idea of predestination was popular in the Old and New World. Predestination is the belief that God has already predetermined one’s fate. Predestination led puritans to seek conversion. Conversion is an intense religious experience that confirmed an individual’s place among the “elect” or people chosen by god to go to heaven.…show more content…
The puritans believed in the doctrine of a “calling” to do God’s work on Earth. One could only be a part of the church clergy if they had experienced a conversion and followed the doctrine of the “calling”. However, Puritans were not tolerant to others that did not share the same religion or beliefs as them.
Finally, the puritans believed in Protestant ethic. Protestant ethic was the value attached to hard work in one’s “calling”. The puritans believed that hard work would bring success. Success was a sign that one’s fate was destined for heaven. The New England colonies prospered because of the Puritan’s strong values of hard work.
In summary, puritanism can be defined by predestination, calling, covenant, Protestant ethic, and conversion. Puritanism was not just a historical movement, but it was a lifestyle that the puritans brought to New England. Puritanism crafted the New England colonies to work hard, and banish dissenters and essential crafting future English
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