The Puritan Dilemma Research Paper

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I believe as a person who has grown up in the modern world that we know now it would be extremely difficult to truly understand how men, women, and even children thought in the days of John Winthrop. The living conditions in the 1600s were so different and far more extreme than todays it cannot be imagined by the average American who reads this book or any other texts or essay on these early times periods. The minds of those who lived before us were far different than ours today they were shaped and celeste by the hard times of their lives such as the work conditions and the unpredictable turmoil that surrounded their daily lives. The entire direction of a country could be changed completely if a king died, was over thrown, or even just changed his mind about something. This was very prevalent in the beginning of “The Puritan Dilemma” practically over night when Henry the VIII turned his back on the pope and the catholic religion as a whole and confiscated much of their lands in the 1540s and again in 1625 when king Charles the 1st became king and tried to overrule the parliament for his own personal gain. When he could not get the parliament to conform to his desires he set his own “mandatory…show more content…
During Charles the 1st reign the religious opinion took a dramatic swing again. King Charles the 1st continued a trend started by James I called Arminianism. Under the new belief, a person could be saved solely through his or her own faith and righteous actions, thereby disavowing the Puritan ideal of predestination. In fact, Charles brought the Arminians back to the pulpits (they had been banned from preaching under Elizabeth) to voice support for his new spending and to preach obedience to the king. These are just a few of the examples of the extreme world view change that could take place in those times. These changes could change and destroy people’s lives and there was nothing that anyone even the parliament many times could do about
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