Puritan Culture Essay

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Puritan Culture

The Puritan pilgrims as a society based many of their practices and customs on religion.
Once in America and away from the prejudices they faced in England they were able to
freely practice their beliefs as they saw fit. This led to a very strict society in which
members were expected to live and behave according the theological rules which they had
set for themselves. This strict society also directly influenced the way children were
brought up and educated in New England.

Since the pilgrims followed the writings and teachings of John Calvin they believed all
men have predetermined destinies set for them at birth by God. In order to be "saved" in
the afterlife they must live their lives according to God's will and in a sense, fulfill
his plan for them. Another strong factor as to why their society must be so reformed is
the fact that they were in a new world. They must create a "new" England for themselves
and build an uncorrupted society for their people. They saw themselves as "a ‘saving
remnant' chosen by God to preserve the true faith in America and inspire religious change
in England" (Henretta et. al. 53). To achieve these ideals the settlers must instill the
same values they held true in their children so that future societies could lead faithful
lives in New England.

Since the children were highly educated in religion this directly affected the way they
behaved. Even the laws of their communities were deeply rooted in religion. The Bible was
established as a legal guide and instances where there was no law, local magistrates
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