Puritans Essay

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The Puritans: Were they successful in creating their vision of ‘a City upon a Hill? Physical separation from the Anglican Church was the first step the Puritans took in breathing life into their vision for the New World. They felt as though the Bible was the ultimate book of instructions for an individual to live a pure, Christian lifestyle. The Puritans were successful in creating a prosperous colony that flourished socially and economically. However, Native American bloodshed, their harsh persecution of religious dissenters, and the Salem Witch trials are a blatant display of their hypocritical ways. The Puritans were contradictory in nature, and ultimately they fell short in meeting their goal of constructing the perfect Christian society. “…our Community as members of the same body, soe shall wee keepe the unitie of the spirit in the bond of peace, the Lord will be our God and delight to dwell among us, as his owne people and will commaund a blessing upon us in all our wayes, soe that wee shall see much more of his wisdome power goodnes and truthe then formerly wee have beene acquainted with, wee shall finde that the God of Israell is among us, when tenn of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies…” (Winthrop, A Modell of Christian charity) said Governor John Winthrop to his fellow Puritans as they sailed towards new beginnings. In the early 17th century the Puritans set out to create an immaculate model of the ideal Christian community in hopes that they would be an example for the world. “…the lord make it like that of New England: for wee must Consider that wee shall be as a Citty upon a Hill, the eies of all people are uppon us…” (Winthrop, A Modell of Christian charity). John Winthrop settled the Massachusetts Bay colony with the goal in mind to transform it into the ideal Christian society in which the Bible overruled all. He would call this

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