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Colonial Time 1607-1765 Immigrating to America in 1607 the Separatists wanted to practice their own religion Unhappy in England the Separatists came to America on the Mayflower setting out to sea to America Upon their arrival sickness meet more than half of them causing the first year to be the Starving Time In 1619 plantation systems as well as slavery grew The Separatists were later called Pilgrims because they made a pilgrimage for religious reasons The Puritan religion was based on Calvinism Great writers named Jonathan Edwards Edward Taylor and William Bradford led examples of the Puritan beliefs and Colonial times Sinners in the Hands of an angry God a sermon which was preached by Jonathan Edwards briefly states how sin will weigh people down and destroy your soul to bits of pieces until Hell is satisfied Comparing life to sewing takes us to Huswifery a poem written by Edward Taylor Writer William Bradford author of Of Plymouth Plantation a history of the time describes the pilgrimage of the Separatists and their beliefs in God All three writers develop the Puritan idea that God is the only judger who selects His people to extend His salvation and mercy on Jonathan Edwards stressed the Puritans emotional side of religion scaring people by explaining how God can protect us for only so long Writing sermons at age 17 he expanded his Calvinistic background Preaching one of the most famous sermons Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God gave the Puritans all the reasons to avoid evil and turn towards God by scaring them and making them see how wrong affects their souls Believing God controls everything the Puritans turned to Gods help to avoid evil The Puritans also believed in predestination which led the Puritans to believe
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