Notes and Terms:. The Protestant Reformation and Puritanism. Terms. Sect (sectarian) Anglican Roman Catholic Indulgences Faith Works. Terms. Salvation Lapsarian Jeremiad Separatist Covenant Charter Sanctification justification. Names. Martin Luther John Calvin Henry VIII
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The Protestant Reformation and Puritanism
The Protestant Reformation and the settlement of New England Puritans is one key to understanding American literature. The new religious ideas had wide influence, and particularly in New England, where writers produced volumes of prose, diaries, poetry, sermons, and political rhetoric. They built colleges, formed school systems, and created a world view crucial to first generations of colonists and the first U.S. citizens.
In particular, the Puritan mind gave colonists and their descendants a sense of destiny. They believed they were acting out the will of God, and this infused their culture with a unique sense of history.