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For the most part historians of the twentieth century have portrayed the Puritan movement in a negative light They say the Puritan was a stern-faced religious bigot who burned witches at the stake and never had any fun Here is what one historian wrote Puritanism did great things for England and America but only by creating in the men and women it affected a tension which was at best painful and at worst unbearablePuritanism required that man refrain from sin but told him he would sin anyhow Puritanism required that he reform the world in the image of Gods holy kingdom but taught him that the evil of the world was incurable and inevitable Puritanism required that he work to the best of his ability at whatever task was set before him and partake of the good things that God had filled the world with but told him he must enjoy his work and his pleasures only as it were absent-mindedly with his attention fixed on GodAll Puritans labored hard some by so doing amassed great wealth or won fame among their fellow men--but never dared enjoy it Morgan p 7-8 We should not be quick to believe what modern secularists say about the Puritans Puritanism had two sides On the political side Puritans were a group of Protestants who were opposed to the corruption and abuses of the Church of England The Puritans wanted to purify their church to make it holy and pleasing to God On the spiritual side Puritans were men and women with intense personal devotion to God They believed that the primary goal of man was to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength Dt 65 The Puritans devotion manifested itself in three important ways First they believed that man should be in the world but not of the world The believers true
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