What is a Puritan Bible?

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What is a Puritan Bible?

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A Puritan Bible is a bible in which the Puritans held or hold belief in that what the bible says was God's true law, and that it provided a plan for living.

The Puritans were a group of people who grew discontent in the Church of England and worked towards religious, moral and societal reforms.

The writings and ideas of John Calvin, a leader in the Reformation, gave rise to Protestantism and were pivotal to the Christian revolt.

They contended that The Church of England had become a product of political struggles and man-made doctrines.

The Puritans were one branch of dissenters who decided that the Church of England was beyond reform.

Escaping persecution from church leadership and the King, they came to America.

The established church of the day of the Puritans described access to God as monastic and possible only within the confines of "church authority". Puritans stripped away the traditional trappings and formalities of Christianity which had been slowly building throughout the previous 1500 years.

Theirs was an attempt to "purify" the church and their own lives.

What most people remember about the Puritans is reflective of the modern definition of the term and not of the historical account. Point one, they were not a small group of people.

In England many of their persuasion sat in Parliament.

So great was the struggle that England's Civil War pitted the Puritans against the Crown Forces.

Though the Puritans won the fight with Oliver Cromwell's leadership, their victory was short-lived; hence their displacement to America.

Point two, the witchcraft trials did not appropriately define their methods of living for the 100+ years that they formed successful communities. What it did show was the danger that their self-imposed isolation had put them in.

Most of the Puritans settled in the New England area.

As they immigrated and formed individual colonies, their numbers rose from 17,800 in 1640 to 106,000 in 1700. Religious exclusiveness was the foremost principle of their society.

The spiritual beliefs that they held were strong.

This strength held over to include community laws and customs.

Since God was at the forefront of their minds, He was to motivate all of their actions.

This premise worked both for them and against them.

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