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American Puritanism file:///Users/gregfeldmeth/Desktop/lec.pur.html 1 of 3 6/22/04 9:41 AM American Puritanism The Puritan by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1887) Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina I. Key Puritan Beliefs and Values A. Godly people were sober, hardworking, and responsible. English society had been corrupted by foreign influences and by disorder and needed to be purified. B. Catholicism had undermined the relationship between God and the individual 1. Rituals and sacraments administered by a powerful and complicated hierarchy 2. Insistence on Latin as the only language of religion 3. Confession only through the priest and the confessional booth C. Election & predestination--God chooses who is saved and who is damned. No one can earn salvation through works. Yet the saints are responsible for their actions. D. The congregation of saints chooses its members, hires and fires its ministers, and recognizes no other religious authority.
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