The Church Of England During The 19th Century Essay

1222 Words Dec 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In 18th century Virginia, religion was a big topic and widely discussed. People argued, fought, and even died over the discussion. Going to church was also a big deal in this society. Every citizen was required to attend a service at least once a week and were punishable by law if they did not. In addition to this law, it is necessary to mention that the Church of England was the dominate church in colonial Virginia. The religion associated with the Church of England was the Anglican faith. With this being the case, many individuals in Virginia were Anglican Christian. This fact would soon cause conflict within the community because of the number of different religions molding in the society. Anglicans tried their best to stop these different religions from gaining support but many of their methods failed. As Virginia continued to grow and developed, many thought it was time to make concrete rights for the people. In 1776, the politicians of Virginia wanted to create an official “Bill of Rights” for the colony. This would mean that a number of large and heated debates would have to take place due to some of the policies in consideration. One of those policies was the right to “free exercise of religion”. A law like this would have a multitude of implications in the colony. One of which being that men and women of all religious backgrounds would have to live in peace and harmony without being judgmental of other Virginian’s faiths. In this essay, I will discuss the…

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