Misconception Of The Puritans

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The Puritans were one of the first people to travel and move to America in 1650 (“People & Ideas: The Puritans”). The Puritans had a large influence in the making of America. At first, the Puritans were misconstrued as the Pilgrims known for beginning the holiday of Thanksgiving because similar to the Pilgrims, the Puritans were Protestants from England and Calvinists believed that the reforms and decisions of the Church of England did not do enough (“People & Ideas: The Puritans”). However, unlike the Pilgrims, the Puritans did not break away from the Church of England, but wanted to reform it (“People & Ideas: The Puritans”). In their efforts for reformation, however, this religious group was misled about some of the core Biblical concepts …show more content…
“It’s true Puritan ministers opposed the government-sanctioned playing of sports on Sundays, yet this had more to do with the often unholy nature of such activities in 17th century England rather than the recreation itself” (Ford). Puritans wanted to keep their Sabbath Day holy but was not meant for denying the “appropriate” joy given from God’s gifts given to them (Ford). The Puritans did, in fact, have joy in their life. “The Puritans did not seek joy in circumstances, in events, or in other people, though they certainly enjoyed all of these, but the greatest joy was to be in the presence of the Lord” (Kistler). Many people believed the Puritans to be joyless because of the misconceptions that they themselves have about the Bible. Some people say that “based on such biblical teachings, Puritans and other Christians often viewed laughter, happiness, and pleasure as suspect and undesirable,” but this was not true (“Dark Side of the Puritan Ethic”). The Crucible didn’t contain any times where joy could be seen due to the situation during that time period, but John Proctor being accused of working on the Sabbath could be one of the possibilities the Puritans were thought of as having no joy in their life and working all of the time. The Puritans wanted joy in their lives, they just didn’t readily look for

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