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Who were the elect in Puritan society?
The people that were predestined were called the “elect”. This is because these people were elected by God to go to Heaven. “Confidence in their own elect righteousness gave the Puritans their intense bigotry and intolerance” (Herzberg, 929).
Did Puritans believe in the elect?
A true church, they believed, consisted not of everyone but of the elect. As a test of election, many New England churches began to require applicants for church membership to testify to their personal experience of God in the form of autobiographical conversion narratives.
What type of government were the Puritans?
IN THE 1630S, ENGLISH PURITANS IN MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY CRE- ATED A SELF-GOVERNMENT THAT WENT FAR BEYOND WHAT EXISTED IN ENGLAND. SOME HISTORIANS ARGUE THAT IT WAS A RELIGIOUS GOVERNMENT, OR THEOCRACY. OTHERS CLAIM IT WAS A DEMOCRACY.
What made the separatists different from the Puritans?
What is the difference between Puritans and Separatists? Puritans remained in the Church of England (Anglican Church) and wanted to purify it of alleged Roman Catholic elements; Separatists wanted to be totally independent of the Church of England and all other churches so they could worship as they saw fit.
What does the elect mean in the Bible?
The Old Testament applies the term “elect” to the Israelites in as far as they are called to be the chosen people, or people of God, or are faithful to their divine call. The idea of such an election is common in Deuteronomy and in Isaiah 40-66.
Did the Puritans believe in the New Testament?
The New Testament was their model and their devotion so great that it permeated their entire society. People of opposing theological views were asked to leave the community or to be converted. Their interpretation of scriptures was a harsh one. They emphasized a redemptive piety.
What political values held Massachusetts together?
Massachusetts followed the ideas of a theocracy while running the government. Religious principles were especially intertwined with political values, or ways of the government. The pilgrims and the puritans left England to save themselves from persecution and have religious freedom.
What is Puritan period?
Puritanism, a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries that sought to “purify” the Church of England of remnants of the Roman Catholic “popery” that the Puritans claimed had been retained after the religious settlement reached early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.