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The Nature of Puritanism

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The Nature of Puritanism
9.) Puritan women enjoyed complete equality with men.
10.) Puritans placed a high value on hard work
11.) Puritans enjoyed exploring the wilderness.
12.) The Puritans tried people for witchcraft and executed those who were found guilty.
5.) Puritan worship was characterized by organ music and congregational singing.
6.) Puritans believed in a loving God who welcomed everyone into heaven who had led a good life.
7.) Puritans placed little value on money and possessions.
8.)Puritans were opposed to any education that did not have a practical purpose.
1.) The Puritans believed that people were essentially good
2.) The Puriatns believed that they alone were saved and everyone else would go to hell.
3.).Having come to the New World because of religious persecution, the Puritans advocated a policy of tolerating religious differences.
4.) The Puritans believed that the civil government was responsible for enforcing people’s morality.
In the authority of their husband.
Married women were expected to carry out their roles as mothers, wives, and housekeepers; heads of the families.
Men and women have equal standing before God.
Hard work was an honor to God that would later result in an award.
Strict work ethic
The Puritans worked hard on homes and farmed the land.
Nature is seen as frightening, evil, and uncivilized.
- The wilderness was a lawless place where Puritans could escape their strict, Puritan society.
People accused others of doing evil magic when bad luck struck them.
Witchcraft was considered a heresy against the puritan faith.
Over 200 people were put on trial.
The Puritans did not believe that people are essentially good. In fact, it's the exact opposite of this. Puritans thought that people were depraved sinners. We were unable to achieve any merit with God. This was due to the heavily reinforced belief of Original Sin
This statement would probably be true, since Puritans thought they lived properly and in the most proper fashion, according to God. A concept that was highly prevalent in
Puritanism is predestination. This means that before anyone lived, God had predetermined who would achieve salvation and who wouldn't. Although, many people had clues
to who was safe, such as if you were wealthy, you were probably in good standing with God. But, no one would know their placement untiljudgement day finally arrived.
This meant that Puritans had to live strictly to divine law. Otherwise, they had eternal life in hell to look forward to.

Although they were willing to seek it, Puritans gave no religious tolerance in the New World. The Puritans
followed divine law completely, and if someone strayed from it, immediate punishment would be in store. This
was from not only the church, but the government as well. Therefore, people who went against Puritanism, or
became a “heretic” in their minds, would be put on trial and, if convicted, would be banished from the
community and possibly state.
The Puritans did believe that civil law should reinforce the morality of people. The church and
government were heavily interlinked.If you publicly sinned, not only would you be punished by the
church, but, you would probably face punishments from the law enforcements as well.
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-They did practice congregational singing because they thought that it brought them closer to God
-The organ was never present in Puritan worship.
-They believed that God knew who was going to heaven from the moment each person was born.
-These people were chosen by God and there is nothing a person can do during their life that will change whether or not they go to heaven.
-Someone's life could be a sign as to whether or not they go to heaven but it won't be the determining factor.
-Puritans believed that money allowed one to do more good
-"Riches are consistent to godliness and the more a man hath the more advantage he hath to do good with it"
-Samuel Willard, Puritan Clergyman
-They considered education to be a part of the spiritual life.
- Much of Puritan education did have a practical purpose so that a man could do whatever God called him to do.
-At the core of Puritan education however was education about the faith
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