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His215 1st Paper THE PURITAN DILEMMA In the book The Puritan Dilemma Morgan writes about characters that were forced to choose between their societies and their morals Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams faced excommunication because they disagreed with the accepted Puritan standards and John Winthrop felt he could not remain in a country having faith in an impure Church The Puritan Dilemma is that every one of us is a sinner but the puritans try to be perfect John Winthrop was strict and stubborn in the way he worshipped God and made sure nothing came between him and Heaven He had difficulty accepting the extravagance of his neighbors and people he met Although he did not hear directly from God as Puritans thought that any knowledge of God outside of the Bible was wrong and must be evil Anne Hutchinson claimed to have received divine word from God and was excommunicated as a result Anne Hutchinson arrived in Boston in 1634 Her ideas clashed with those of the Puritans who eventually took her to trial Hutchinson believed that the Holy Spirit lived in certain people and could communicate through them which was against the Puritan belief of discovering God only through the Bible When she was excommunicated from Massachusetts after her trial the Puritans considered it to be a sign that the power of God was secured in the colony Another threat was Roger Williams He felt it necessary to completely separate from the Puritan church New England was unable to handle someone so radical as Roger Williams and according to Morgan if such wild ones could not be tamed it was best to cut them loose lest they overturn the whole enterprise John Winthrop having doubts about moral views of England due to sinful behavior left peacefully and led a colony of his own Instead of resisting and creating additional problems Anne Hutchinson
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