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Puritanism and Government

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Amanda Stone

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Puritanism and Government
Puritans and The Government
By: Alexis Bellows, Niki Ishak, and Amanda Stone
What are the basic Puritan beliefs? List at least five.
1. Predestination
--This is when you are believed to have already been chosen to go to either Heaven or Hell, no matter how good a person you are in life. This is predetermined before birth. Only a select few were predestined to go to Heaven.
2. Males as leaders of the family
3. The Devil
4. Church Membership
5. Free Schooling

Puritans and Other Faiths and Coming To the New World
-Puritans were notoriously intolerant of other religions. They were known to ostracize or even kill those who didn't agree with their faith.

Ironically, they came to the new world to escape religious persecution in England and finally to be free to worship their own way.
Undermining Puritanism and Their Views on Witchcraft
Five forces that undermined Puritanism in the 1600s:
1. Natural desire to do good goes against the idea of predestination
2. Don’t like a closed life / not open to everything and restricted
3. Rationally growing- they use themselves to know God rather than using the bible
4. Theocracy was very strict and not flexible
5. There was a political change
Theocracy is were the rules of a religion are the rules
of the country. This affected their views of witchcraft
as something evil and that witch craft was
associated with the devil and so in order to get
rid of the witches they had to hang them.

Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 1: Early American Literature to1700 - A Brief Introduction." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. WWW URL: http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap1/1intro.html

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