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The Puritans. Background and Beliefs. Puritans. Number of Protestant groups that wanted to “purify” the Church of England. Wished to return to simpler forms of worship. First arrived in America in 1620 Tip of Cape Cod Just before Christmas. Beliefs.

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The puritans

The Puritans

Background and Beliefs


Puritans

Puritans

  • Number of Protestant groups that wanted to “purify” the Church of England.

  • Wished to return to simpler forms of worship.

  • First arrived in America in 1620

    • Tip of Cape Cod

    • Just before Christmas


Beliefs

Beliefs

Ethnocentrism: the Puritans believed that their way of life was the “only” correct way.

Simplicity was good; excessiveness was frowned upon.

Predestination: all events, including what happened to a person after death, were foreordained by God.

People were born sinners and could only be saved by God’s grace.


Beliefs1

Beliefs

Education was necessary in order to defeat Satan.

The Bible was the literal word of God and revealed his will.

Divine Mission: to settle the New World for God.


Government

Government

Church and state were intertwined, not separate.

Only church members could vote.

Everybody, regardless of religion, paid a tax that supported the Puritan religion.


Social contributions

Social Contributions

Hard work

Strong moral values

Self-governance

Community responsibility (all community members were responsible for the conduct of citizens).

Education creating literate citizens


How do the puritans beliefs still affect us today

How do the Puritans beliefs still affect us today?

Make a list of at least 5 examples.

Mrs. DeGraw’s example:

Children have to go to school until they are 16.


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