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PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Very Different yet Very Much the Same Given the many types of Protestants found in America both past and present we are able to speak of a common Protestant tradition because they have all been able to expand and stay related in some ways Whether these expansions are large or small they seem to be constantly trying to improve their religion as a whole In the midst of this growth there have been numerous common themes that have linked these Protestants together The purpose of this essay will be to examine the different paths of this religion and also to discuss these common themes that provide a bond amongst Protestants across the United States Protestantism Reformation began in the 16th Century only with the help of Martin Luther and John Calvin It started because these leaders wanted to go against the Roman Catholic Church they created new rituals and a new theology notes 312 This theology made by Luther and his 95 Thesis was rather harsh and strict at first It basically told worshipers that God was angry and that all people were innately evil no matter how they lived their lives Calvin institutionalized Protestantism Calvinism and with that much anxiety in the process They were also indeed very strict with their laws and rules but they tried to show the majesty of God at the same time notes 312 Even though there was a simplified worship Calvin made sure that they saw the Bible as the law This was very important because this appeared to be a source that eventually linked all Protestants notes 312 When Puritanism came along they maintained many Calvinist themes such as obeying the Sabbath and following the strict rules However there was a purification of the Catholic elements and an idea of constant growth and regionalism in the economy On the political side there was an increase in law and authority as
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