...lonies, it was the rich, abundant land that guided the colonists to plantation. Whether it was a change in geography or a change in life, the colonies are still connected through their ancestors’ sentiments of exploration.
In early America, the distribution of religions was not consistent between the colonies. In New Jersey, the Quakers made up thirty-nine percent of the population, Presbyterians made up fifty-five percent of the population, Baptists made nineteen percent, the Dutch Reformed made twenty-one percent, Dutch Lutherans made up four percent, Seventh Day Baptists made approximately two percent, and German Reformed made around two percent of the population as well. Many of the colonies set up “established churches” and mandated that colonists attended church, however not all colonies did this. Some allowed the people of the community to choose if and when they attended church, although there were rarely, if ever, competing churches in any of the towns. It was stated that “. . . differing Christian groups often believed that their own practices and faiths provided unique values that needed protection against those who disagreed, driving a need for rule and regulation.”
John Calvin was a major Contributor as a reformer in Geneva. The Protestants were scattered heavily throughout Europe, and were considered leaders of the Reformation. Calvin’s work in the writing of the Institutes would arouse many throughout Europe and give the Protestants the opportunity to present their faith and views as a church and enabled them to have a voice in Calvin, who was respected for his religious views and the publishing of the institutes. Calvin did not fear the
The social upheaval ignited by the seventeenth-century English Civil War spawned many different religious groups, one of these were The Society of Friends. Founded by George Fox in the 1640's The Society of Friends came to be known as the Quakers, a term that was derived from the physical shaking and trembling of the believer when experiencing a union with God (p.14).
The Puritans were Englishmen who chose to separate from the Church of England. Puritans believed that the Anglican Church or Church of England resembled the Roman Catholic Church too closely and was in dire need of reform. Furthermore, they were not free to follow their own religious beliefs without punishment. In the sixteenth century the Puritans settled in the New England area with the idea of regaining their principles of the Christi...
All the religious reformers were not welcome in England, which was dominated by the Church of England which practiced Roman Catholicism. The Church did not officially kick out the Puritans but they did not value any of their opinions. This led to the frustration of the reformers as they were also treated unjustly, eventually leading to their departure of England. Some still believed that the Church of England could be reformed, but most knew that starting anew in a different country would be the best choice for their freedom to practice religion (ushistory.org). So began the journey of the Pilgrims across the Atlantic to the Americas in search of a new way of life.
The puritans were a group of settlers that came to America in the 1620’s from the Netherlands. They had previously immigrated from England to the Netherlands to escape their idea of religious intolerance and the form of Protestantism that was practiced. They also believed that England was a place of sin and was damaging their children. The Puritans left the Netherlands for Virginia for the same reasons and to reform the Church of England a little over a decade later. Slowly more and more members made their way to America in search of purification of the church. Although the main reason for coming to the New World was to escape religious rigidity of England and to create a utopian society based on the true teachings of the bible, the puritans had created a society that was just as unrelenting as the religious and political practices that they had left. The Puritans wanted to be a society that would set an example to others by honoring god and living a moral life, and while they did create a society that flourished economically and politically, their religious views lead to that of intolerance and inequality.
The Puritans were a group of Separatists that believed the Church of England still supported some Catholic Church policies. Puritans were radical leftists that acquired a charter from the Virginia Company in 1619. This time period was significant because Charles I was the king and dismissed Parliament. Charles I also sanctioned anti- Puritan persecutions, which caused the Puritans to be afraid for their lives and religion. The Puritans did not go to America for religious freedom, but for a place to practice their own religion.
The New England colonies (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire) were very religious. John Winthrop was a very wealthy puritan man and he made a speech called “A Model of Christian Charity” that discussed how they are looked up to and should live by the word of God. The New England colonies were very unified. They wanted everyone to be near each other and be a tight knit
The Puritans were English Protestants, mostly Protestant extremists, who fled England to escape religious persecution. Most were raised with extremely strict morals and values. Puritans were also known as “Precisionists” for being precise in their sermons and studies. The process in which Puritanism developed was primarily caused by King Henry VIII; he transformed the Church of Rome into a state of The Church of England. In outrage, angered English men and women were determined to continue their faith and way of life; this just so happened in the New World. Across the pond, this region became commonly known as “New England”. The puritan people were distinguished by the clothes they wore and their opposition the episcopal system. Now-a-days most people would think the Puritan way of life would be radical by any sorts. What the Puritans did in their era was completely and utterly wrong, as we now know. As we look back on their way of life, most come to not respect the people as a whole.