L26 -the Silencing of May Dyer: Religious Beliefs and Persecution in New England



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L26 -The Silencing of May Dyer: Religious Beliefs and Persecution in New England

The Protestant Reformation in Europe by Martin Luther created many new Christian denominations beyond the Catholic Church. Numerous wars were fought in the 1500-1600s in order to gain the freedom to practice one’s own religion or follow the religion of your king. The Church of England separated from the Catholic Church but persecuted any Englishman who did not follow their teachings.




  1. What did Mary and William Dyer believe?



  1. Political: How did the Puritan Church play a role in the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony?

Give specific examples.


  1. What did Anne Hutchinson believe in?


  1. Why were Anne Hutchinson’s beliefs a threat to Governor Winthrop?


  1. How was Rhode Island different from Massachusetts religiously and politically?



  1. What does the phrase “separation of church and state” mean? Use Anne and Mary’s ideas and beliefs.



  1. What did the Quakers believe? Why did they disrupt Puritan church services?


  1. How did the Puritans treat the Quakers? Is this ironic or hypocritical?



  1. Why did Mary Dyer go back to Massachusetts where she knew she would be put to death for her beliefs?


  1. Make a Venn diagram to compare the Puritans of the 1600s with the USA today.




  1. Should freedom of religion cover the use of violence to have people lead good lives? Why or why not?



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