Event Title

The Purpose of the Puritans Migrating to America in the 1630s

Location

101 Science & Nursing Building

Start Date

27-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

27-4-2018 12:00 PM

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This paper explores the main purpose for Puritans, who did not separate in doctrine from the Church of England, settling in America. The historiography primarily is focused on the desire for religious freedom and independency as well as the economic promise of America. A further investigation of sermons and essays written by the Puritans reveals the Puritan's wanted to correct, not brake away from, the Church of England. Several documented sermons and writings from the 1630s-1700 either specifically explain the Puritans purpose to restore or they make connections to scripture to imply the purpose. John Winthrop spoke of the Puritans as being A City Upon a Hill, a community that had the power to end corruption. Samuel Danforth, likewise, compared the Puritans to John the Baptizer as they were also going into the wilderness (America) to speak the truth. Richard Mather wrote of the covenant between God and the Church of England, and how the Anglican Church could be restored. John Cotton spoke of the sinfulness of separating from the Church of England, since it was still a true church that needed to be restored. The Congregational Puritans did not come to America to establish their own religion or to prosper economically. They came to do God's will, to correct and restore a member of His body.

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Apr 27th, 11:30 AM Apr 27th, 12:00 PM

The Purpose of the Puritans Migrating to America in the 1630s

101 Science & Nursing Building

This paper explores the main purpose for Puritans, who did not separate in doctrine from the Church of England, settling in America. The historiography primarily is focused on the desire for religious freedom and independency as well as the economic promise of America. A further investigation of sermons and essays written by the Puritans reveals the Puritan's wanted to correct, not brake away from, the Church of England. Several documented sermons and writings from the 1630s-1700 either specifically explain the Puritans purpose to restore or they make connections to scripture to imply the purpose. John Winthrop spoke of the Puritans as being A City Upon a Hill, a community that had the power to end corruption. Samuel Danforth, likewise, compared the Puritans to John the Baptizer as they were also going into the wilderness (America) to speak the truth. Richard Mather wrote of the covenant between God and the Church of England, and how the Anglican Church could be restored. John Cotton spoke of the sinfulness of separating from the Church of England, since it was still a true church that needed to be restored. The Congregational Puritans did not come to America to establish their own religion or to prosper economically. They came to do God's will, to correct and restore a member of His body.