The impact of non-Separatist people in Massachusetts and its environs. There are two distinct groups of English immigrants who arrived in American just before after the Mayflower. Although they often shared similarities, the Pilgrims (Separatists) and Puritans (Non-Separatists) differed in their opinion regarding the separation of Church and State. Edmund Morgan, in his book the Puritan Dilemma; The Story of John Winthrop, put it this way: "Rulers, however selected, received their authority from God, not from the people, and were accountable to God, not to the people (Morgan).” It is often hard to distinguish the difference between both groups as they incorporated the Bible in their everyday lives.
The Puritans believed that the Bible was the ultimate guide on how to live and that interaction with God was only possible in church. They got rid of all the formalities of Christianity to purify it and themselves. The Puritans were different from what most people think they were. For example, they weren’t just a small group of people and they actually had so much power in England that they fought against the Crowned forces and won, however short-lived that victory was.
The Puritans influenced the development of the New England colonies, including Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and Connecticut through the Puritans’ extreme theological values and ideas that create the theocracy, their hard work ethic that increases their economic stability, and their resistance to tolerate other’s different opinions.
Mercantilism was the primary economic system of trade used from the 16th to 18th century. The system was based on the understanding that a nation’s wealth and power would best benefit by increasing exports and collecting metals, such as gold and silver. When Great Britain enforced the sugar and navigation Acts to increase the wealth of the nation ,it angered the American Colonists and made them dissatisfied with the British rule . The heavy taxes and restrictions , caused by the two acts , frustrated the American colonists and eventually contributed to the American Revolution . As a result of the American Revolution the colonies gained independence from Great Britain.
During the seventeenth century, many Puritans were migrating to the New World, specifically to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1630, while en route to Massachusetts Bay, John Winthrop described America as a “city upon a hill”. In order to be the “city upon a hill”, everyone in the Puritan society had to strictly and willingly adhere to the law of the Puritan theocracy, in hopes of honoring the covenant which they had with God. The “New England Primer” was a device which associated letters of the alphabet with Puritan values, providing easier memorization of the alphabet as well as the Puritans’ values. By combining religion and education, as well as installing Puritan ideals into the youth, the “New England Primer” helps to establish the “city upon a hill” to which
Early American colonies were the base of what it is now known the United States of America. Although almost all of the colonies were from the same time period each colony differed from each other. Some of the colonies differed by their economic system and also by their way of running their colony, their government. Also, the colonies differed from their culture and their way they lived. In addition, the New England and the Chesapeake colonies were not the exception they also differed from each other.
Religion played an important role in each of the British colonies. Many Christian groups tried to enforce religious observance through the colony's government and the local town's rules. Some laws stated that everyone must attend a house of worship and pay taxes that helped fund the pay of ministers. Out of the thirteen colonies, only eight had official churches. In the colony, those who practice a different version of Christianity or a non- Christian faith were sometimes killed (www.facinghistory.org 1).
1. Intro This paper examines whether the poet Anne Bradstreet managed to write autonomously even though she was part of the patriarchic Puritan community. As considering all works of her life would go beyond the limits of this paper, the focus is only on her first publications. Therefore, a short definition of autonomy and gender are given.
Over decades, religion in America has evolved its people into a diverse country. While, many would believe the American people have always had the stability to choose which religion they would practice, it has not always been that simple. This has been apparent throughout the course of history, but especially during the sixteenth century. During the early 1600s, religion was progressing off the Eastern Shores when colonist discovered the definition of the New World’s, religious freedom.
Covenants in the Hebrew Bible In the Hebrew Bible, the relationship between God and men expressed differently and it gradually transforms with different descendants. In the end, it leads to an increase of power of God not only toward an individual, but also toward all human beings through codifications called “covenants”. The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology defines Covenant as “A compact or agreement between two parties binding them mutually to undertakings on each other’s behalf” (). To understand the whole principle of covenants’ development, we need to begin with a story of creation in Genesis.