The Religious Convictions Of The Puritans

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The Puritans were a group of people from England who settled the New World (1) called America after the year of 1630. They went to America to be free to practice their religion without being persecuted because their beliefs were opposing the catholic’ one. The difference was that the Puritans tried harder to enforce the Ten Commandments but Americans were influenced by the moral, ethical, and religious convictions of the Puritans.
The Puritans’ life was very hard in England so that they focused the most on the religion which helped them to have much their self-discipline. When someone committed a sin, the church was rather harsh and severe in its punishment and the community treated sinners badly. The church did not tolerate profanation on
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This animosity made the colonization of America by the Puritans a welcome idea for everybody involved. Winthrop thus joined the Massachusetts Bay Colony as its leader, or governor, and agreed to settle in the Massachusetts Bay area. Eventually, twenty thousand settlers came to the colony in the 1630s, where Winthrop spent the rest of his life. During his time in Massachusetts, he was an extremely well-respected religious leader and sermon writer.
Political issue through the religion Puritan political influence had largely disappeared in Massachusetts by the end of the 17th century, but attitudes associated with it still remained. The Puritans, succeed to the Calvinist tradition, had emphasized that suffering was necessary to redeem oneself from original sin and that hard work not only produces wealth, but strong moral character. Those who did not devote themselves to hard work were in mortal danger of falling into evil ways. The debates about religion and politics are often more divisive than illuminating. While Secularists point to a wall of separation between church and state, many conservatives act as though, and the Founding Fathers were apostles in knee britches. At the heart of the American experiment lies the God of what Benjamin Franklin called “public religion,” (2). God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and
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