The Puritans Vs The Rationalists

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In early America there was a group of people called The Puritans. The Puritans were an assembly of people who grew discontent in the Church of England and worked towards spiritual, ethical and societal reforms. The writings and ideas of John Calvin, a leader in the reformation, gave rise to Protestantism and were essential to the Christian revolt. They contended that the Church of England had become a product of political struggles and man-made doctrines. The Puritans were one branch of dissenters who decided that the Church of England was beyond reform. Escaping persecution from church leadership and the King, they came to America where they could have religious freedom. The puritans believed that the earth was fallen and that people were sinners who could only be redeemed by the grace of God. They also believed that God favored the rich and despised the poor. The Puritans tended to admire the early church fathers and quoted them freely in their works. In addition to arming the Puritans to fight against later developments of the Roman Catholic tradition, these studies also led to the rediscovery of some ancient scruples. Chrysostom, a favorite of the Puritans, spoke eloquently against drama and other worldly endeavors, and the Puritans adopted his view when decrying what they saw as the decadent culture of England, famous at that time for its plays and bawdy London. There was also a group of people known as The Rationalists. The Rationalists were a group of people who believed that the world and everyone on it was basically good unlike the puritans who believed the total opposite. They also believed that people can discover the truth using there on reason instead of relying on only religious faith of intuition. Rationalists thought it improbable that God would choose to reveal himself only at particular times to particular people. It seemed much more sensible to
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