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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 4 Puritan Decline and the Salem Witch Trials 1. Prior to the Enlightment 1. Everyone was 'religious' as default, because there was no other way to answer the questions of life 2. Entrance of the Enlightment brings in the possibility of atheism. Growing emphasis on ways of thinking, scientific, humanistic 1. However, there is something about human nature that has fascination within the wonders of 'magic', supernatural, etc. It still persists until this day. (Ex. Santa Claus) 2. Witch Trials background 1. Out of 'pure' religious conviction 2. No Salem Witch trials after the first and only one 1. more scientific and rational answers change old ways of thinking 3. The Pilgrims 1. Plymouth Colony 1. small group of Calvinists called separatists, persecuted in Europe for their radicalness 2. moved to Amsterdam, which was too 'tempting' and worldly, needed to move somewhere for the sake of keeping their religious faith alive 3. Left Holland for America 4. Plymouth Colony grows extremely slow 1. gradually, generations of these pilgrims assimilate into non-separating Calvinist...
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