Anne hutchinson Essay

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anne hutchinson



Anne Hutchinson She was born as Anne Marbury in 1591 in Alford, England. Her father,
Francis Marbury, was an official in a church in Cambridge. He was not content with the
Church. He declared publicly that many of the church ministers were not fit to guide
people's souls, and for that he was jailed for a year. Even so, he continued verbally
attacking the Church, claiming that high church officials freely appointed whoever they
wanted, and those people were not usually qualified for their positions. Tired of constant
arrests and inquisitions, he finally chose conformity and calmed down. Anne spent a lot of
time reading her father's books on theology and religion. She admired his defiance of
traditional church principles. She was also fascinated with theological questions like
those about the fate of the Native Americans, who did not know about salvation. When she
was twenty-one, she married a man named Will Hutchinson and became known as Anne
Hutchinson. She also became a mother to fifteen children. There was a minister, John
Cotton, who she always admired. He was originally a Protestant, but as time passed he
leaned more and more towards Puritan beliefs. Like her father, he spoke about the
corruption in the clergy and called for purification of the Church. He recognized the
destructive influence of the Catholic Church on the Church of England, and talked about
opportunities for religious freedom in America. Anne Hutchinson's family went to Reverend
Cotton's church every Sunday to hear his preachings. Eventually, John Cotton's dream came
true, and he was able to cross the Atlantic Ocean and come to New England. In 1634, Anne
Hutchinson took her family and followed him to Massachusetts. She wanted to express her
increasingly Puritanic views, and she wished to be once again part of John Cotton's
congregation. During her voyage to America, she assembled groups of women to discuss
religion. She spoke of her views, and became known as a radical. She even claimed that God
had revealed to her knowledge of the day of their arrival. Out of sheer coincidence, or
for some other unknown reason, she guessed it correctly as September 18, 1634. To her
great surprise, New England turned out to be more religiously constrictive than England
ever was for her. She was not welcomed warmly by John Cotton because of her unorthodox
views. He told her that it would be best for her if she would withhold from speaking about
her views. As a prerequisite for her acceptance into the Puritan Church, she had to accept
that she was guilty of wrong thinking on the ship and God had not really revealed to her
the day of their arrival and that it was a mere guess. She compromised, but in her mind
she still held on to her views. She believed that faith alone could bring salvation. She
also believed that all people could talk to and receive an answer from God if they would
listen. She once said that she felt that nothing important could happen if it was not
revealed to her by God beforehand. Seeing the apprehension of the Church and the community
at her views, she only expressed them in the privacy of her own home where she sometimes
assembled women to share her ideas with.


She was never in open defiance of the Church. Although she disagreed with some of its
principles, she was still its devoted member. John Cotton also understood the harsh regime
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