This was known as the Great Puritan Migration. Massachusetts Bay was developed with Puritans ideals and values. After being inspired by a sermon, the colonists were encouraged to be a “City upon a hill.” It was to be the example of what living by God Laws meant. It was the belief of all Puritans that they had a special covenant with God, and that belief was central to their philosophy and way of life in a religious and political sense. Puritans saw themselves as the true church and religious freedom was not tolerated in the colonies.
Nor were sinners punished as frequently. Roger Williams convinced many people to break apart from the Church of England, even though he himself was an English Protestant minister. He realized that the Church was becoming too lenient and weren’t punishing those who had broken the Ten Commandments. When asked if to be the teacher of the Boston Church, he was compelled to decline, claiming that it was not separated from the English Church. He believed he had to start his own church due to the “corruptness” of the Church of England.
But instead of docking in Virginia they ended up landing in New England, and so it marked the beginning of Puritan settlement New England. Others desired a change in lifestyle, despite originating from the same area, England, Members of the Anglican or Church of England, these men had no reason to search and establish a new way of life, instead they wished to fortify and make their lives better for materialistic reasons as opposed to religion. From the beginning New England and Chesapeake settlers started off creating their colonies disparately. (Document C) Since settlers came to the Chesapeake with the intention of not staying for long, they traveled alone, not with families. At a six to one ration of mostly men, they left England to seek profit from gold.
In Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, he documented the voyage and settlement of Plymouth. The Pilgrims began their journey in England as Puritan Separatists where they were persecuted for their beliefs and fled to Holland, but later took the voyage to New England. Between the Plymouth landing in 1620 and 1632, the people of the plantation grew prosperous. William Bradford viewed the success and prosperity of the Plymouth community negatively due to causing the separation of church and fellowship. The purpose of the voyage to New England was to start a new church together following Calvin’s model without having the risk of being persecuted.
However if this was the case surely women would recognise that they are being treated unequally. Yet still numerous women attend their organisation and practice their religion. Although highlighted that patriarchy is amongst places of worship, people still attend and ignore the situation that has so been tradition for a long time. Marxist too would criticise religion as it acts as a social control as it exerts male influenced teachings upon women. It also acts as a conservative force and believes it causes retention of traditional values.
Danforth thinks Corey “must understand, [sir] that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it. There will be no road between”, due to the fact that Salem at the time was a theocratic society, we can infer that the religious people in Salem only believe what’s in the bible therefore don’t trust the rest of the world allowing the church to manipulate the laws and the people. The noun “Person” suggests the
They sought the removal of all images, veneration of the saints, sacramental practices, and the like. Their attempts failed and the Puritans soon became persecuted by the Church of England. Thus, they fled and came to the new world, hoping that this would be the place where they could build the shining city on a hill where Puritan practices would shine for all to see. Some were not pleased with this name because it categorized them as radical extremists. (Bercovitch 25) From the outside, it would look like the Puritans were shut out from trying to change the everlasting system of the Church of England because of persecution in England.
Hughes regretted his decision, but he did not want to keep everyone else waiting. This illustrates the common issue of Christians claiming to be followers of Christ, yet attending church is the only religious action they perform. The way that the aunt kept telling Hughes to come and be saved provided a coerced feel to her motives. His childlike innocence of expecting Jesus to literally walk into the church accompanied by bright lights led to his confusion as to why members of the congregation went up to the front of the aisle and Westley only going because he was tired of sitting. He took the faith aspects of religion literally, leading to his genuine confusion.
Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams was the distraction of the Puritans way to Heaven. Mrs. Hutchinson took it to far, and held private meetings in which she discussed her believes on religion, “ In these weekly meetings she carried the principals of divine omnipotence and human helplessness in a dangerous direction, towards the heresy known to theologians as Antinomianism” (Morgan 129). She carries on to say that God acts through her. Winthrop was displeased with this as it led the beliefs for the true purist astray. Winthrop carried on to serve in the government for twelve of the nineteen years passing many disputes of the formulation of government and the rules in witch it was following.