Essay on Puritans and the Puritan Church

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The Puritans were a group of Separatists that believed the Church of England still supported some Catholic Church policies. Puritans were radical leftists that acquired a charter from the Virginia Company in 1619. This time period was significant because Charles I was the king and dismissed Parliament. Charles I also sanctioned anti- Puritan persecutions, which caused the Puritans to be afraid for their lives and religion. The Puritans did not go to America for religious freedom, but for a place to practice their own religion. The Puritans were able to establish their own colony, outside of their charter, after they were blown off course. Without the rules that were imposed on all colonies from the Virginia Company, the Puritans had …show more content…
However, all dissenters were either executed or banished. Religious persecution was widespread throughout Europe and colonies, as a result the Puritans moved to Holland to escape religious persecution. Although they were accepted in Holland, the Puritan people did not like their children being around the people of Holland. When the Puritans had their own region to control, they applied even harsher rules than most other nations. In England, the crown was constantly a struggle between religious groups, Protestants and Catholics, while other religious groups were ignored. However in Puritan society, anyone that was different was forced to assimilate or leave. Two individuals that spoke out against the Puritans were Ann Hutchinson and Roger Williams, who were both banished. The Puritans are hypocrites because they criticize the Church of England for their policies, while the Puritan Church was very similar to that of the Church of England. They had separated from the Church of England because they did not believe it was fully separated from the Catholic Church. However, the new church they established was not purified because there were strong traces of the Catholic Church in it. In several ways the Puritans are like the Church of England because they persecute those who do not agree with their religion and their Catholic Church ties. The irony of the Puritan Church and Church of England is that

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