The Puritan’s goal of coming to the New World was not to create a new life, but to create the ideal model of living for the “corrupt” inhabitants of England. This was coined “The Errand”, the Puritans desire to establish a City Upon a Hill that others could look up to and imitate in order to receive God’s grace. The Puritans failed at building their City Upon a Hill (creating a perfect religious, economic, and political community), however the long-term effects of their efforts have influenced American moral politics throughout its history. The Puritans forever had the attitude of a community that had successfully established a City Upon a Hill. The Puritan lifestyle was heavily influenced not only by religion, but also inside of that, morality.
It was against the law to speak out and have opinions, being expected to work hard was not out of the ordinary. Puritans were expected to live by a strict moral code. Believing that all sins should be punished. “They believed that God would be the one punishing for sins and bad behavior. Friends that suffered from loses, and misfortunes would not be helped by Puritans” (Marvel 73).
In the book The Grapes of Wrath, it portrays many of the experiences being lived in the Great Depression and the Dust bowl. But, it also portrays some of the many lives being lived in the modern age today. The book makes a powerful draw to many of the readers due to the fact that America was once in this position; that almost every family was in this position during the Great Depression. Even today in the modern age, most of readers have been through the struggles of trying to survive or what their family members had to do for a better life. The book gives a lot of connection and shows deep meaning that people understand the most.
Religion was very important to the Puritans in the 1600s. John Winthrop a member of the Puritans gentry, wrote to his wife the ‘I am verily persuaded God will bring some heavy affliction upon this land.” A year later he went and lead a group of a group of puritans to New England. By the 1630s another twenty thousand Puritans would come to America. When John became governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, he told immigrants that will have to guide people toward this holy ideal or they were not welcomed.
The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony had originally planned for a government that was to be ruled by God 's laws, however over time the colony would become democratically ruled. Rather than living under a democratic society, John Winthrop, along with other stockholding members, preferred to have the Puritan settlement be run by “godly rule” (9) . The original intention of the Massachusetts Bay colony was to set a model of an uncorrupted church and godly society (12) which would in turn help those in England see God 's will and be saved by it (13) . The Puritans, however did believe in the separation of church and state, but this did not mean a separation of the state from God. Despite the idea of separation, the government still
“ Freedom and prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged” (Ronald Reagan). The Puritans were people who left New England in search of religious freedom. They believed that the Church’s doctrine was incorrect and didn’t follow God’s intentions. This led John Winthrop ( a Puritan leader) to migrate a large quantity of Puritans to America during the 1600’s. Before they moved to America the Puritans were persecuted and weren't able to practice their beliefs in peace.
In the Puritan family, the family managed all things. The towns were seen as part of a greater family, all were invited to weddings and baptisms. Doors were never locked because the idea was that Puritans should have nothing to hide from each other. Even on the honeymoon it was common for an aunt, uncle, or parent to watch the new couple make love for the first time to insure everything was done right. Church was a large part of the Puritan experience and the Meeting was a time when the people of the town would gather in the church with the minister to discuss religion, voting, or anything else of importance.
During the time of the Puritans, America was just beginning to be populated with Whites and the 13 colonies starting to take place. Now Puritans can’t be found as easily, nonetheless, they weren’t so different from us. Their religious beliefs, family structure, civil rights—today we have thankfully made improvements. On 8 June 2018 Jami Montross, 50 years young—my mother who was born and raised right here in Idaho, answered some of my questions on her thoughts of the Puritans.
First of all, the Puritans were reformed Protestants from England in 16th and 17th centuries, who wanted to purify the church from Roman Catholic practices. They were dressed in simple and modest clothing; Puritans spent most of their time praying. They believed in the notion of predestination, which means that every human’s fate is known at birth. Moreover, many Puritans moved to America fleeing from religious persecution.
For example, In the speech of John Winthrop, he claimed that it is yourselves who have called us to this office, and, being called by you, we have our authority from God, in way of an ordinance. This piece of words of John Winthrop reflected that the New Englanders believed that they received the authority from God to do their own decision, and that highlighted the position of liberty in New Englanders’ opinion. Moreover, Puritans established a new religion system which can be considered as another point to enhance the liberty. The traditional bishops’ authorities were not the core of Puritans’ religion and, instead, they wanted to eliminate or reduce the authority of the bishops by increasing the authority of local congregation. Puritans liberated themselves from the rigid church system, and promoted Congregational Church which was ran by the Puritans their own and invested the democracy idea which can be reflected by their meeting and voting behavior.
The Puritans were a religious group in the 16th to 17th centuries who originated from England. They believed that God expected them to live according to the Scriptures of the Bible. They believed in prayer, hard work, family, tradition, structure, discipline, and frugality. Two very important Puritans that lived were Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards.
The puritans were a faithful and religious type of people. They always believed that things that happen to them happen for a reason by God. Studying several author’s works from a single time period enables readers to have a better understanding of their way of life. Even though Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards (sermon) were both puritans, their distinctive writings and persuasive tactics differ greatly.