5 Change, Values, and Social Structure- The Case of Massachusetts Bay

5 Change, Values, and Social Structure- The Case of Massachusetts Bay

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Change, Values, and Social Structure: The Case of Massachusetts Bay I) The Changing Basis of Church Membership A) Original Ideal: Visible Sainthood A.1) Everyone in the colony must attend church every week A.2) People were allowed to be member of the church if they were seen to be chosen by God B) Membership Problems B.1) Limited to certain Men, Women and Children who would be willing to stand in front of the church and teach them about their specific form of “conversion” C) Reason for Membership Problems C.1) Sometimes people deceive themselves and others C.2) They were able to admit their system wasn’t fool-proof C.3) They insured that their churches membership was limited for those who searched “Sainthood” (people who had conversion experiences) (C.3.a) Membership was tiny C.4) Why were their expectations of memberships disappointed? (C.4.a) Religious piety and religious zeal declined (C.4.a.i) Not a decline in religious belief, a decline in religious fervor From generation to generation piety decrease C.5) Believed that members of the church were fit to run not just the church, but also all of society. (C.5.a)
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