Firstly, Why was witchcraft illegal, why witchcraft stopped being viewed as a crime? The witchcraft in 1735 made a complete switch in attitudes. Penalties for the practice of witchcraft was usually believed by many famous and important people to be an impossible crime, that was replaced by penalties for the lie of witchcraft. The witchcraft of 1735 stayed in force in Britain into the 20th century, because of the illegal ways of telling witchcraft of 1951. (Wikipedia) During the 16th century, many people believed that witchcraft, rather than the workings of God's will, offered better reason of sudden and unexpected bad fortune, such as the death of a child, bad harvests, or the death of cows and bulls.
However, as the last sentence implied that people should rejoice at, instead of arguing and grieving. We can draw the conclusion that religion tolerance was still rare during his time (Document 12). The results of Protestant Reformation had came out to be the developments of individual values toward religion tolerance. As the heretics endured prosecution, more people yearned for an acknowledgement for religious freedom and
Europeans came to America to escape religious oppression and forced beliefs by such state-affiliated Christian churches as the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. That civil unrest fueled the desire of America’s forefathers to establish the organization of a country in which the separation of church and state, and the freedom to practice one’s faith without fear of persecution, was guaranteed. This legacy of religiosity brought to North America by the European colonists and immigrants during the 16th to 18th centuries, helped shape the structure and history of Canada and America. History and influence of religion on migration to America The religious history of the United States began with the first Pilgrim settlers who came on the Mayflower in the year
Puritans were reformed English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries whose goal was to "purify" the Church of England from Catholic practices. For people charged with practicing witchcraft, any departure from these rules could be used as evidence for something far greater in the present.
Puritans and Pilgrims are group of Christians that both originated from England and its church, which is the Anglican Church of England. This group were known as Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries because of their argument that King Henry VIII as the head of the church is not laying good example as a Christian and that his reformation is contrary to the bible tenets, and he is not worshiping God in the best way that God should be worshipped and they called for change so that they can be worshiping God in the way it was in the beginning of Christianity and to be in total purification and holiness. They still believed that the King is a Catholic member secretly because of his antecedents and the laws he made. In the early years of Christianity, the King is the head of the church and any disagreement with the church is also a disagreement with the king and this was considered treasonable offence. Due to this problem, they sailed to America.
The Puritans were a Protestant religious faction and the term came into general usage at the reign of Bloody Mary and the start of the Elizabethan Era” . (“Globe Theatre and the Puritans”) Bloody Mary was a spirit that would come around whenever someone said her name . She was a ghost who was very evil at the time when this took place . The kinds of plays did they have. The Stage Crew had few different types of plays .
In Of Plymouth Plantation, one of the most significant texts of the colonial literature in America, William Bradford presents his accounts of misfortunes endured by the Puritan founders - himself included - when settling in at New Plymouth in the early 1600’s. This essay discusses how Bradford echoed or clarified Puritan theology in his writing. Puritan pilgrims believed that God chooses the elected and the damned. It can be argued that Puritan beliefs affected the author’s interpretation and registering of events. Furthermore, it can be claimed that these beliefs may actually have guided his writing in an attempt to convince future readers that the founders were God’s chosen people predicted in the Old Testament, as evidenced hereafter.
The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft between 1692 and 1693. It occured in colonial Massachusetts, relying on a theocracy. The government and religious authority inseparably rule together, and individuals who question authority are accused of questioning God and his authority. There are multiple characters who played major roles in The Crucible but each of them contributed to the play in different ways. Abigail Williams is a major character who was one of the main reasons the Salem Witch Trials took place.
According to Hall’s A Reforming People, Puritan presence in the government came suddenly along with the influx of colonists to New England: “Bringing with them a deep fear of arbitrary, unlimited authority, these settlers based their churches on the participation of laypeople and insisted on "consent" as a premise of all civil governance. Puritans also transformed civil and criminal law and the workings of courts with the intention of establishing equity.” (Hall). The ministry’s role in government is best described by their authoritative stance in deciding Hester’s custody over Pearl, which was only halted when another member of the ministry contradicted their overall stance. They were also involved in banishing Hester and Pearl from the community by
The Salem Witch Trials ultimately helped shape the future of America. Towards the end of the 17th century, the British colonies in America were still securely in the age of Theism and had a strong belief in the Christian God. These people followed the ideals of the early settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony known as Puritanism. "Puritanism, in its most common historical usage… refers to a movement within English Protestantism in both the British Isles and colonial America" (Bremer, 2005, p. 7518). Also known as an uprising assumingly caused by the difference in structure in original Christian beliefs and the beliefs of the English churches of the time (Bremer, 2005, p. 7518).