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THE PURITANS The most obvious difference between the Pilgrims and the Puritans is that the Puritans had no intention of breaking with the Anglican church The Puritans were nonconformists as were the Pilgrims both of which refusing to accept an authority beyond that of the revealed word But where with the Pilgrims this had translated into something closer to an egalitarian mode the Puritans considered religion a very complex subtle and highly intellectual affair and its leaders thus were highly trained scholars whose education tended to translate into positions that were often authoritarian There was a built-in hierarchism in this sense but one which mostly reflected the age Very few Englishmen had yet broached the notion that a lackey was as good as a lord or that any Tom Dick or Harrycould understand the Sermon on the Mount as well as a Master of Arts from Oxford Cambridge or Harvard Miller I 4 14 Of course while the Puritan emphasis on scholarship did foster such class distinction it nevertheless encouraged education among the whole of its group and in fact demanded a level of learning and understanding in terms of salvation Thomas Hooker stated in The Application of Redemption Its with an ignorant sinner in the midst of all means as with a sick man remaining in the Apothecaries shop ful of choycest Medicines in the darkest night because he cannot see what he takes and how to use them he may kill himself or encrease his distempers but never cure any disease qtd in Miller I 13 Knowledge of Scripture and divinity for the Puritans was essential This was an uncompromising attitude that characterized the Puritans entry into New England according to Perry Miller and Thomas H Johnson whose thematic anthology The Puritans 1932 1963 became a key text of revisionist historicism standing as an influential corrective against the extreme anti-Puritanism of the early twentieth century Following Samuel Eliot Morison they noted that the
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