The Decline Of The Church Of England

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Throughout the 16th century, the Protestant Reformation largely occurred across Europe. A portion of those who believed Catholicism was corrupt went on to create the Church of England (Anglican Church). This halted the majority of British exploration and settlement until later in that century. Many people then began defying the Anglican Church for Puritans believed it needed to be purified of the excess of Catholic traditions it held, while Separatists wanted to separate from the Church of England because they thought it was beyond hope. This caused the majority of the European continent to delay its exploration and settlement with the exception of Spain. This lead to many colonies, included the infamous, yet unsuccessful Roanoke Island Colony formed in the late 16th century.. In 1607, Jamestown, Virginia was established as a joint-stock company colony that was solely created for the purpose of profit and economic riches. In 1620, separatists seeking religious freedom traveled to Plymouth Colony aboard the Mayflower. Finally in 1630, a group of Puritans established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in order to escape the religious persecution in England. Although the Puritans’ influence minimally caused economic development in the New England colonies in that large hubs were created to further the mixed economy, the Puritans’ influence significantly caused political development in the New England colonies in that the government became heavily reliant upon religion, and the Puritans’ influence significantly caused social development in the New England colonies in that education became first priority; therefore, the Puritans’ influence minimally caused economic development, but significantly caused political and social development. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...n support the religious groups. The Puritans’ influence also significantly caused social development in the New England colonies in that education was always first priority, which caused new creations and requirements regarding schooling. The Puritans were similar to those of the utopian society New Harmony. Both the Puritans and the Harmonists split from a church because they felt it was not competent; Puritans left the Anglican Church and Harmonists left the Lutheran Church. The Puritans and Harmonists were both protestant religious group. Similar to the Puritans, Harmonists advocated for celibacy, but rather eternal celibacy (instead of a refrain from celibacy after marriage). Also, the Puritans and Harmonists both believed in millennialism - the belief that after the second coming of Christ, there would be 1,000 years under His rule until the final judgement day.

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