The Reformation Of The Church Of England And New England Essay

1013 Words Mar 6th, 2015 5 Pages
From the beginning of time, many different cultures formed sundry religions and fashioned their own ideas about their specific God. These ideas and beliefs have been passed down from one generation to the next. One idea surrounding God that is comparable between the Native Americans and the Puritans include their belief that God exists as a Supreme Being. In this essay, I will convey how each group’s idea of God is different.
The Puritans were a Protestant group during the 16th and 17th century in England and New England who were dissatisfied with the outcome of the reformation of the Church of England and wanted to eliminate Roman Catholicism from their church. The Puritans viewed God as omnipotent (all powerful) and omniscient (all knowing) as well as vengeful, just and fair. Chapter IX of William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantations, Bradford describes the justness of God when John Howland was thrown into the sea. “But it pleased God that he caught hold of the topsail halyards, which hung overboard, and ran out at length; yet he held his hold (though he was sundry fathoms under water) till he was hauled up by the same rope to the brim of the water…and his life saved” (pg. 132). Howland, who is considered a good Christian, was spared his life and “he lived many years after, and became a profitable member both in church and commonwealth” (pg. 132). The Puritan belief suggests to me that because John Howland lived a good life, providence was on his side in sparing…

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