AMS JAN 31 - January 31, 2008 CHANGES IN NEW ENGLAND I....

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January 31, 2008 CHANGES IN NEW ENGLAND I. Harmony/Utopia Early Massachusetts Bay a. “Speech Before the General Court” – Winthrop’s speech i. Militia dispute – there is conflict between these people ii. Witchcraft accusations – from 1620 to about 1650, there is not one accusation (there are thousands in England at this time). In this first generation there was as sense of harmony, stability, and lack of change. b. Secularization – this is the main change happening in a religious society (utopia); a transformation of a society from a religious base to a non- religious base, or partly religious and partly something else. A non-secular society is a theocracy and has the Augustinian strain of thought. Its not that they think religion is not important, it is that there are other things to live for. i. “non-religious” ii. economic replace religious leaders c. Example of Robert Keayne - a great example of the transformation of New England’s society; came to the New World to follow his minister (John Cotton) and to get away from secular England. He becomes a member of the church very quickly. The Puritans thought man was evil and the state
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AMS JAN 31 - January 31, 2008 CHANGES IN NEW ENGLAND I....

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