Why did the puritans promptly establish their own church and persecute dissenters?
Why did the Puritans of Massachusetts bay create an established church and persecute dissenters when they had fled England to escape those things?
How did they reconcile their own religious dissent from the Church of England with their persecution of dissenters like Hutchison and Williams Does their outlook make them hypocrites?
Rather than true dissenters, the Puritans wanted to reform the Church of England. Only when the Anglican Church refused this reformation did the Puritans actually split. They could be fairly intolerant, not just of other Protestant beliefs, but of any criticism of their church doctrine by members. As a result, dissenters were not tolerated.
To be exact the puritans didn't do anything in order to avoid persecution, they founded Plymouth Colony in order that they could persecute others who weren't puritans (something they weren't allowed to do in England), they hung a woman for being a Quaker, something which would have gotten them in trouble had they been in England.
J. Hay Colligan has written: 'Penrith Presbyterian church' -- subject(s): Religious Dissenters 'Eighteenth century nonconformity' -- subject(s): Accessible book, Ecclesiastical history 'Three Penruddock Puritans' -- subject(s): Religious Dissenters 'Great Salkeld Presbyterian meeting-house' -- subject(s): Religious Dissenters 'The Penruddock kist' -- subject(s): Religious Dissenters 'The Arian movement in England' -- subject(s): Accessible book, History, Doctrinal Theology, Arianism, Church history
While the Puritans believed that only their version of Christianity was "pure," it did not take long for skeptics and dissenters to emerge in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. These skeptics and dissenters were often treated harshly-- either subjected to physical punishment or driven out of the colony, which is what happened to Roger Williams, who left Massachusetts and founded what became the state of Rhode Island.
The Puritans wanted to be free from religious prosecution in England. During the 1620s England's economy suffered. Many people lost their jobs. The English king, Charles I, made the situation worse by raising taxes. This unpopular act led to a political crisis. At the same time, the Church of England began to punish Puritans because they were dissenters, or people who disagree with official opinions. King Charles refused to allow Puritans to criticize church actions.
Who were the Radical Calvinists who considered the Church of England so corrupt that they broke with it and formed their own independent churches?
The Puritans in large part self exiled themselves. Originally the Puritans inhabited England, the term applied to those who wished to "purify" the Church of England as they believed it to still have too much "Catholic" identity. They exiled themselves to the European continent when the Church of England began to exercise abusive powers over religious dissenters. In 1620 the Plymouth Company allowed the Puritans living in exile and in England to use their charter…
Geoffrey Fillingham Nuttall has written: 'Christianity and violence' -- subject(s): Moral and religious aspects, Moral and religious aspects of Violence, Violence 'The moment of recognition' -- subject(s): Bible 'Studies in English dissent' -- subject(s): Church history, Dissenters, Religious, History, Religious Dissenters 'The faith of Dante Alighieri' 'Richard Baxter' -- subject(s): Christian biography, Puritans, Church history 'The reality of heaven' -- subject(s): Heaven 'The Holy Spirit in Puritan faith and experience' -- subject(s): Holy Spirit, Puritans…