Puritan's View Of The Puritan Society

1154 Words5 Pages
Puritans were a society of people that saw themselves as perfect. As John Winthrop said, “We must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of the people are upon us” (Roark, 77). He meant that they should be an example for the rest of the world and demonstrate what Sainthood really looks like. Puritans believed that their fate was predestined and only a small minority of people would receive eternal life (Roark 79). Puritans often had small squabbles among themselves because they were unable to determine which slight variation of Puritanism was more saintlike (Roark 81). However, contrary to their beliefs, Puritans did not create a model society. Their civilization was riddled with hypocrisy and they often treated people…show more content…
They attempted to separate church and state. Only freemen- male church members- were allowed to vote for government officials. This was done, so that only Godly men could elect Godly officials (Roark, 80). These voting practices reinforced Puritan ideals and kept the society wholly religious. This is, in my opinion, hypocritical because the union of church and state in England is one of the policies that they disliked in the first place. In addition to this, they banished those who began to practice alternative forms of Puritanism. Anne Hutchinson was a Puritan housewife who became a makeshift, in-home preacher for other women.This was deemed inappropriate due to her gender and belief that people could be saved by faith alone, rather than by following God’s commandments exactly. She was excommunicated and moved to New York where she was killed by indigenous people (Roark, 81). Eventually, Puritans were forced to relax their laws and adopt the concept of Halfway Covenant, meaning that someone could baptize their children, but could not vote or partake in communion. This had to happen because people believed that Sainthood was inherited from parents, so they became more lackluster about actively practicing Puritanism. In Puritan New England, having a large family was almost essential. Only 1% of society lived alone and they were considered dangerous people. Everyone else lived with their family and most of them worked to support their family farm. New Englanders
Get Access