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To Be A Puritan A Puritan lived a life with primary focus on serving God They left religious persecution in England They thought the New World would be a utopia when the English Reformation had not gone far enough in reforming the doctrines and structure of the church they wanted to purify their national church by eliminating every shred of Catholic influence Their lifestyles were based on relative equality with their primary settlement in the northern colonies There basic beliefs revolved around grace plainness unity and divine mission I will be discussing those beliefs with information that I have gathered and also from A Model Of Christian Charity by John Winthrop For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill the eyes of all people are upon us A Model of Christian Charity p35 one of the most famous quotes to stand out by him during this puritan era was the basis for which they all believed Grace is freely given Humankind was inherently sinful and redemption could only be given by God no amount of good deeds could redeem a soul This was a main belief that built the structure of Puritanism Everything should be free of decoration and design The idea was to be as plain as possible therefore not to take any focus off of God This idea was shone in the structure of their simple worship services clothing styles and writing For example Winthrops style of writing was extremely plain and to the point with no emotion or feeling involved For this end we must be knit together in this work as one man we must entertain each other in brotherly affection we must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities for the supply of others necessities we must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness gentleness patience and liberality we must delight in each other make others conditions our own rejoice
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