Puritan Witch Trials Case Study

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The story begins in 1692 with three young girls afflicted by something seemingly supernatural. The only explanation the Puritan community could compose was that the Devil was among them. The goal of the early Puritans was to purify the church, they began as a new society free from the grip of the Catholic church of England. The founders of the Puritan society believed that church under Queen Elizabeth 1 was much too political and much too Catholic. They were Calvinist in theology, believing in predestination and did not want priests or bishops running the church. They had faith that anything God did was good and when things went poorly they concluded that the enemy, Satan had a hand in it somehow. In short the Puritans postulated that the …show more content…
The colonial cycle has characteristics of fighting back any foes who challenge them. They structure themselves in reformation of the church of England and the purification of themselves. Puritan belief system stressed social equality and the importance of education and religion. This greatly affected how the Puritans reacted to the witchcraft dilemma. Their religious beliefs made them socially aware and open to the possibilities of how the Devil may have affected the community. They were also more open to the science of witchcraft and how the, so called witches may have been able to cause such “destruction”. Although they believed in social equality it was a trend to see the more poverty stricken Puritans accused of being witches or …show more content…
The Puritan religion was very well structured and very well held together but in perspective it was just to unreasonable to base a country or society on. Some of their rules included no fun, no excitement and no enjoyment within marriage or sexual relationships. Setting up those rules is just asking for them to be broken. Their entire society was based upon Christianity and the wholehearted belief system of “Christ died for us, so now we must be miserable for us”. For any sort of democratic republic to be founded on the Puritan beliefs there would have to be some sort of change. The Puritan society is too utopian to ever actually work perfectly. We see in history again and again that there is no possible way to have a perfect society with so many restrictions and rules, the citizens always revolt and fight the heads of

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