Prominent Religious Philosophies in Early Colonial America. Puritanism. Began in England in the 16 th century. King Henry VII formed the Church of England in 1534. controlled by Englishmen free of the pope and Roman Catholicism Henry sought to create religious independence religious unity.
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Puritans believed in predestination.
One cannot choose salvation, for that is the
privilege of God alone. All features
of salvation are determined by God’s
sovereignty, including who will be saved
and those who will receive God’s
Devout Puritans believed that a sermon was: appealed to devout New Englanders
“the chariot on which salvation came riding into the hearts of men.”