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Puritanism Introduction. The Puritan Age. Basic Timeline. 1730: J. Edwards Speech “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God”. 1630: The Great Migration to New England (Puritans). 1745. 1690. The Great Awakening. 1692: The Salem Witch Trials. 1636: Harvard College founded.

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the puritan age
The Puritan Age

Basic Timeline

1730:

J. Edwards Speech “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God”

1630: The Great Migration to New England (Puritans)

1745

1690

The Great Awakening

1692: The Salem Witch Trials

1636: Harvard College founded

1620: Mayflower lands (W. Bradford) with 100 pilgrims

puritanism a definition
Puritanism: a definition
  • As a religion it stems from Roman Catholic

Catholics Church of England (Anglican) Puritan (to purify)

  • As a way of life it is based on God and his teachings
      • Puritans lived in a THEOCRACY
        • Church = State
          • Elders
          • Ministers = government/law
          • Bible teachings
puritan views
Puritan Views:
  • View of God
    • All-powerful
    • All-knowing
    • Revengeful
    • Just/fair
  • View of Man
    • Sinful
    • Unworthy of salvation
  • View of Nature
    • - Used by God as a way to punish or reward man
puritan tenets beliefs
Puritan Tenets (beliefs):
  • The Bible is the inerrant (without errors) word of God and an outline for living
  • Special people (good Puritans) have been chosen by God to carry out certain actions
  • Your eternal destiny is decided before you are born. How you live life hints to this destiny.
  • In all aspects of life, be pragmatic (practical) and avoid frivolous (unnecessary) activities.
  • “Work is necessary and good for you.”
puritan reasons for writing
Puritan reasons for writing:
  • Puritan literature is both PRAGMATIC and THEOCRATIC
  • Reasons for writing are
    • Loneliness
    • To describe the new land
    • For support from Europe
    • To explain action (esp. W. Bradford)
    • For religious purposes (esp. J. Edwards)