Puritans: Protestants who sought to “purify” the Church of England by returning to simple forms of worship and church organization as described in the New Testament.
Suffered persecution in England
Dreamed of building new society patterned after God’s word--THEOCRACY
PURITAN BELIEFS: A. Certainty: Original sin: because Adam & Eve sinned, most of humanity damned for eternity
Predestination: who will be saved is determined
ahead of time, the “elect”
B. Doubt: How can an individual tell if s/he is one of the “elect” to be saved?
God reveals his purpose through:
At best, Puritan literature records not just the moments when the physical and spiritual cross, but when they diverge. The conflicts between worldly and spiritual.