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A Comparison of Two Literary Periods The Ages of Puritanism and Reason OUTLINE ThesisThe great change in ideology during the transition between the Puritan Period and the Age of Reason came about as Americans began putting their faith in their capabilities to reason rather than in God IIntroduction IIBody AAge of Puritanism 1Introduction to Period 2Beliefs of Puritans aThoughts to God bBelief in Bible cBelief in Grace dWork to reward eApplication of person fApplication to government BAge of Reason 1Introduction of Period 2Reason in everything aApplication of beliefs bPrinciple of freedom cInterests of rationalists CProof in literature 1Ways of Puritans 2Ways of rationalists IIIConclusion Derek Scott Miss Deborah Greene English III Honors 9 January 2000 In America as in any civilization societies will certainly go through numerous changes Common customs beliefs and traditions evolved even in the period between now and the Colonial Period One very significant turn of religious or philosophical direction came about during the early years of the New World The great change in ideology during the transition between the Puritan Period and the Age of Reason came about as Americans began putting their faith in their capabilities to reason rather than in God The first permanent settlement was established in the New World in 1607 at Jamestown Virginia It was followed thirteen years later by a settlement at Plymouth Massachusetts The Pilgrims coming to Plymouth were devout Puritans They were labeled Separatists because after failed attempts at reformation they had broken away from the Church of England They were of a culture all their own Their personal social and political lives were all God- centered With the Colonial Period as with any other the best clues of its history were left in its literature Puritans wrote to provide spiritual insight and instruction according to biblical guidelines
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