Religion Has Played An Important Role In The History Of

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Religion has played an important role in the history of the United States and in creating the colonies of the New World in many ways. Religion was definitely one of the major reasons for the establishment of the colonies. The early colonists wanted the freedom to worship God as they seen as proper, and they were promised this freedom of worship. Most of these colonies were deeply rooted in their religious beliefs. Religion strongly influenced the social and political life of the colonial times in the New World. Generally, in the colonies, the church was normally a large building in the center of a town, and was used not only for a place of worship, but it was also used for town meetings and community gatherings. Many times a church…show more content…
The Quakers and Puritans moved from their homes in Europe and England as a result of religious unfairness. They sought to reform the Anglican religious practice, which was to “purify” the church and later became known as the Puritans (Wood). They demanded for the elimination of all Roman Catholic rituals and wanted to simplify religion to its basics (Shi, 42). The Puritans landed in American where new colonies were created. The Puritans did not accept those that believed differently than they did. They were forced to leave England because of their refusal to worship in Anglican churches. The Puritans denied citizenship to the Quakers and others who believed in a different form of worship. The Quakers had also refused to support the Church of England and were led by William Penn. The Quakers stamped their values on the government of Pennsylvania. Other Puritans that were not as radical in their religious views later established settlements along the Massachusetts Bay (Wood). The Pilgrims main reason in coming to America was that they were searching for the freedom to worship. The Pilgrims, defined as a person who journeys to a place for religious reasons, were also known as Separatists and were the first permanent English settlement in New England. The Separatists were with the Pilgrims who journeyed across the Atlantic and settled the first permanent English settlement, Plymouth Colony in New England. The
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