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Transcript of Puritanism
Who were Puritans?
Religious group who wanted to Purify the church.
Characteristics Of Puritanism in Literature
Authors Contributing to Puritanism
Roger Williams - A Key Into the Language of America
Mary Rowlandson - The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
William Bradford - History of Plymouth Plantation
Puritans came to America during colonial era from 1620-1730's because they were unhappy with the Anglican Church of England, became a combination of church and state. They had an extremely strict interpretation of the Bible. Puritans dressed in modest clothing and supported their religious view of humility.
Textbook & World Studies.
Strict interpretation of bible
Believed in Predestination
Modesty & Humility
1. Puritan writing had the conception that individual life was a journey to salvation.
2. Used writing to explore their inner & outer lives for signs of the workings of God.
3.Diaries & Histories were their most common form of writing. Writers described the workings of God.
4.Puritans favored plain style. They stressed clarity of expression & avoided complicated figures of speech.
~Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666
"And when I could no longer
I blessed his grace that gave and took,
That laid my goods now in the dust.
Yea, so it was, and so 'twas just.
It was his own; it was not mine.
Far be it that I should repine."
"~Impress the young
convert from the
with the conviction
that God has called
him into His
of his heart."
William B. Sprague
For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill"
Here Winthrop tries to describe it as the Holy City of God.
"He who prays as he ought will endeavor to live as he prays." John Owen
Here John Owen emphasizes how important prayer is.