Adaption Of Massachusetts Bay Colony

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The Definition and Adaption of the Puritan Community
The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded by Puritans. A group that sought to “purify” the Church of England. Unlike the Pilgrims who wanted to separate from the English Church, the Puritans wanted to reform it. Puritans established a community believed to be an example of how God wanted mankind to live. The decree set by John Winthrop, a leading figure in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, to be a “city on a hill” was constantly challenged by outside influences. The Puritan’s constant contradiction between their faith and the outside world presented the biggest challenge to the Puritan community.
The Puritan community was made up of a class system that ranked the importance of people established
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The second reason described says, “Secondly, that He might have the more occasion to manifest the work of his Spirit.” God works within his creatures to restrain wickedness, but also to show his grace. The third reason Winthrop describes said, “Thirdly, that every man might have a need of others, and from hence they might be all knit more nearly together in the bonds of brotherly affection.” Because of the class system, all creatures need each other. Even though it may appear the rich have more, God instructs that everything He has created is His and all are gifts from Him. These three reasons are important to the definition of the Puritan community because it gives the basis to why the Puritans believe God created everything the way it was. Once Winthrop lists the reason why God created mankind the way He did, he preaches that the Puritan Community was put in place in order to be an example for the rest of the world. When asked how their community should act in the face of the rest of the world, Winthrop responds by saying, …show more content…
They perceived the Natives as being sent by Satan or even Satan himself. In Mary Rowlandson’s narrative, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, she states, “Oh the roaring, and singing and dancing, and yelling of those black creatures on the night, which made the place a lively resemblance of hell.” This perception of the Indians not only gave the Puritans a sense of superiority but also fear. Some of the Puritans believed they could convert the Native Americans to Christianity thus overcoming the sense of fear and association with “savages”. Many did convert and became known as “Praying Indians.” This sense of security was short lived as over time the Puritans encroached more and more on Indian land. The Indians believed the land belonged to no one and freely shared it with the Puritans. The Puritans however, believed in land ownership and as fences were built around pasture and farmland the Native Americans became increasingly desperate and hostile toward the Puritans. Mary Rowlandson highlights this in the preface of her book, “The Narragansets were now driven quite from their own Country, and all their provisions there hoarded up, to which they durst not at present return, and being so numerous as they were, soon devoured those to whom they went, whereby both the one and other were now reduced to extreme straits, and so necessitated to take the first and best

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