How Did The Puritans Develop?

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The Puritans were members of a religious movement that began in England, which then spread to the American colonies. The name Puritans came from their desire to purify the Church of England. The Puritans believed that too much power rested within the priest and other people with high authority in the Anglican Church. The Puritans were hated in England, so they eventually fled their own persecutions at home and migrated into the American colonies; this is where they established their own religion. The Puritan colonies of America developed in quite a different way from previous England. They lived completely different live styles and had entirely different values than those of other English settlers. The Puritans had many different ideas and…show more content…
“It is therefore for every man to be studious of the bounds which the Lord hath set: and for the people, in whom fundamentally all power lies, to give as much power as God in His word Gives to men”…( H). But the main contributing factor in development was the importance of their religion. “After God had carried us safe to New England, and wee had builded our houses, provided necessaries for our livelihood, rear’d convenient placed for Gods worship, and settled the Civil Government:” (E). They wanted to escape the Catholic influence they had in Great Britain. In the American colonies the puritans did in fact have some political involvement with town meetings for the townspeople which they did not have the privilege to do in England. In the eyes of a Puritan, the government should not have all the power because troubles will occur and all order should be under the church. As John Cotton explicated, giving more power to man than is needed will only allow them to misuse it; therefore, they should only allow as much power that God gives to them by his word. (H). Puritans did not like the idea of freedom of
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