The Role Of Puritans In New England

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History 1376- Paper Assignment #1

Dear mom and dad it’s me Wounmee, I know it has been a while, but I just wanted to write to you about how my time here in New England. I moved here because I didn’t like the Protestant church is back home. When I was in England I heard about a group of people who called themselves the Puritans. They were a group who also believed that the Protestant Church was not complete and was corrupt just like the Catholics. The Puritans wanted to clean up the church and society, and believed that they could make a change within the community by modeling the right way to live life. I decided to join them, but I still didn’t like living in such a corrupt society. Later, I found a group within the Puritans called the
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Everyone here believes in the same religion. We are also very strict on that, we don’t allow any other religions in the community. As Puritans we believed that not only did individuals need to have a relationship with God, but also the whole community. Everyone had to follow God’s law as interpreted by leaders. If we did, God would reward us, but if we didn’t, then the whole community would be severely punished. The community has a contract with God, so we do his will or we suffer.Ministers here are highly respected, because they are the people that God has chosen for salvation and they are the only ones who can help us with our salvation. We believe that God chose each person from birth for salvation and that the only way for a person to find out if they were chosen by God was through good words, praying and attending church. People who didn’t fulfill their responsibilities or follow our faith were either banished or imprisoned and for those who didn’t want to repent were executed. I know it sounds harsh, but we are just doing what’s best for the community. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want be severely punished because of someone else’s wrongdoing. The Indians who lived near our community practiced a weird religion where they worshipped more than one God. We knew that the Indians wanted to be just like us, they admired the English way of life, so we started to convert them over to

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