Utopian Society Vs Massachusetts Bay Society

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The Massachusetts Bay Colony was created by two Puritan men attempting to free themselves from the Church of England. John Winthrop and Thomas Dudley were these two men; separatists with high aspirations and dedication towards a community dedicated to their religion. Achieving religious freedom was the reason why these men created the Bay Colony. The settlement served as a break from the Church of England as well as a holy society that was completely different than in England. The new religious based settlement was a utopian society for extreme Puritans; yet unfortunately so, regular freedoms were not given to those who failed to coincide with the strict Puritan traditions. The purpose of establishing the Bay Colony was to escape a life controlled…show more content…
Once arriving in the Bay Colony, Williams immediately recognized faults in the government. He denied the authority of the government to regulate the religious behavior of his peers as well as himself. He suggested that the government should not enforce the Ten Commandments and that the Massachusetts government was just as strict and intolerant as his previous government in England. When Williams preceded to speak publicly about his convictions towards the government, he was banished from the Colony as a heretic. This main idea of not having the simple freedom to voice a personal opinion about how the Bay Colony was governed ties in with Anne Hutchinson and how she was also banished because of voicing her own…show more content…
She was a woman with a strong interpersonal connection with God. Although she was a Puritan living in a Puritan based government, she was a woman regarded with less respect than a man, and she held her own sermons preaching about faith. She told her followers that faith alone was enough to be admitted to heaven, contradicting the government’s method of creating a fear of sinning in their peoples’ minds. John Cotton brought her to trial and she was forced into confessing to being “guilty of wrong thinking”. After her trial, she started a woman’s club to talk about scripture and voice her opinions even more publicly. Winthrop’s attention was caught by Hutchinson’s club and he thought she was a threat to the men and church in power, so he arrested her. She again was not given a fair trial, tried as a heretic, and convicted and banished from the
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