This angered the new world’s variety of faiths. For one, the church did not serve the needs of the people and it didn't hold up its promises to the people, holding true to English authority and trying to impose itself on other colonies. When the Quebec Act was passed, granting large territories to the defeated French Catholics, the colonists feared that protestant religion would suffer. Politically, colonists in North America had developed something different from Great Britain’s. The British colonies in America had a policy of Salutary Neglect, which meant that the British would not interfere with the colonies national or international affairs.
Beginning in the early 16th century, the Protestant Reformation brought on radical changes that resulted in a break from the Catholic Church for many, and the creation of new religions. Throughout the course of the Reformation from the 16th to 18th centuries, both Protestants and Catholics had strong opinions on religious toleration. Some were tolerant to the other religions, claiming that co-existing with various groups would ensure lasting peace. Others viewed toleration as a practical approach to prevent disorder and disunity. However, there were many who opposed religions that were not their own and declared the people who practiced them as “heretics.” Clearly, there were various perspectives concerning religious during this two-century
Nevertheless, it could be argued that people misjudged Luther’s intentions as he never intended to reshape the power structure of the church just address the abuses. As a result, Luther’s religious belief played a large part in influencing the Reformation, however had the Church not been riddled with political power struggles, there might have been no need for large scale reform. It is widely accepted that the reformation began in Germany, at the time part of the Holy Roman Empire. Although there had been previous small-scale criticisms of Rome across Europe, this
In many ways, Elizabeth’s settlement took the via media between the conservative and reformist religious camps, yet the majority of the country was still Catholic. Thus, Elizabeth had made a compromised Protestant settlement in a country where a compromised Catholic settlement would have been more apt. Although she was able to placate some Catholics in the short term with conservative concessions, in time many Catholics became more conservative minded and resented the settlement which alienated them. This would have drastic political and social repercussions throughout her reign – for example, the threat of rebellion, the influence in parliament from the House of Lords, and the influence of Seminary priests and Jesuits to come. When looking at the resilience of Roman Catholicism, and the growing discontent amongst Conservatives, it is clear that Catholicism was to be, at the very least, as much of a threat as Puritanism – and given that there were more Catholics than Puritans, this threat was likely to be the most serious religious threat to Elizabeth, her country and her settlement in her entire reign.
The origins of rebellion arose when people in England opposed Mary’s catholic standing and were worrying over the possible return of papal authority over England, since mary’s coronation was in 1553 she quickly placed people of catholic standing in positions within the kingdom, including many positions in the privy council the most influential body within the government. This quick changeover within England is arguably what caused the Wyatt rebellion as it made the people feel anxious of the possible threat of going back to a papal authority, this can be reinforced by the following source ‘and yet thhe it be said in counsel as to my friend, we mind only the restitution of God’s word, but no words!’qhich was written by wyatts son showing us that Wyatt was rebelling to the threat Mary posed to religion, but it can also be inferred that although this was his motive he felt that this reason wasn’t acceptable to cause a greater enough rebellion to remove Mary from the throne so he says that they should use a different reason, as generally it can be argued that Mary’s catholic influence across England were relatively popular, possibly why the rebellion was shown little support. There
What are the Puritans? Puritans were very critical of the religious practices of the Church of England, which contained many Roman Catholic elements. They advocated purity of worship and of doctrine. Who were the Puritans? The Puritans were members of a group of English Protestants of the late 16th and 17th centuries who regarded the Reformation of the Church of England under Elizabeth I as incomplete and sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship.
She also kept religious images and traditional church robes in her churches, and even allowed unofficial Puritan church services. However, Puritans still weren’t happy with the religious settlement Elizabeth had decided on because they believed it to still be too Catholic, so they formed an opposition movement. The “Puritan Choir” were also involved
The idea shown in source 7 of Henry not being able to fully separate himself from his catholic beliefs is further back up by the evidence found in source 8. Although we have to be aware of the fact that source 8 was written by Bishop Tunstall to Reginald Pole in 1536, which means that it may be slightly biased towards Catholicism. The source states that Henry wishes to remain a part of the “unity of Christ’s Catholic Church”. Which tells us that Protestantism is not making enough progress in England as to convince the King, yet it is still making gains. Also in the source, Henry’s title of “Supreme Head” is mentioned.
They decided to come to the new world after the Church of England separated from Catholicism in a decision made by King Henry VIII. Although the Church of England and Catholicism were no longer intertwined, they still felt they did not have the entire amount of religious freedom they desired. They decided that the best course of action would be to head to the new world so they could start a society in which they could practice their religious beliefs freely and without persecution. They were also joined by some quakers and catholics who had not joined the church of England, who also wanted freedom to practice their religious beliefs how they saw fit. Although they came to the new world to start a society based on living a religious life,having religious freedom, and being a
A significant proportion of the citizens of Plymouth were fleeing religious persecution and searching for a place to worship as they saw fit. The social and legal systems of the colony became closely tied to their religious beliefs, as well as English custom. In contrast to the Pilgrims, the Puritans did not want to separate from the church but rather reform it. However, the persecution of many Puritans in England in the 1620's led them to believe religious reform would not be possible while Charles was