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Religious Beliefs: An Ideal Community In Sir Thomas More

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Due to the Church of England’s discrimination of religious minorities, many fled to the New World in order to practice their religious beliefs without facing scrutiny by those who opposed it. Therefore, religious beliefs played a bigger role in the settling of the English colonies. Under the harsh rule of the monarchy and the Anglican establishment, the Puritans, Catholics, Calvinist, and those who were not Christian were subjected to oppression, exile, or death. Many people did not want to change their beliefs for the sake of obeying the king. The persecuted minority perceived the New World the same way Utopia was depicted in Sir Thomas More’s novel -- an ideal community in which religious strife did not plague the people. As a result, people
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