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Covenants and contracts are all around ussome serious some not so serious In the seventeenth century a particular group of colonists the Puritans made covenants a part of their daily living They took the voyage to the New World as a way of escaping religious intolerance with the hope of establishing a sacred God-fearing community A covenant was necessary in almost every facet of life- social economical and theological A central element in Puritan social and theological life was the notion of the covenant All social relationshipsbetween God and man ministers and congregations magistrates and members of the community and men and their familieswere envisioned in terms of a covenant or contract that rested on the covenant and mutual responsibilities Davis and Mintz 64 The Puritans settled in Massachusetts Their government was founded on a general consensus All freemen in the colony elected the government officials The Puritans wanted to make God the focus of their community A society which rested on Christian idealsfrom the poor to the rich the weak to the strong These colonists wanted to set a precedent They were in a new country formulating their own plan for success They were to be a City upon a Hill the eyes of all the people are on us Davis and Mintz 66 Th is meaning that if they abided by the covenant with their Lord God would make them an example for the world yet by breaking the covenant the entire colony would feel the wrath of God In light of their extreme dedication to God and their respect of His laws they did not want to have a church-run state The Puritans Puritans were advocates for the separation of church and state Even though they believe that the primary purpose of government was to punish the breach of Gods laws few people were as committed as the Puritans to the separation of church and state Not only did they reject the
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