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Religion and Early American Puritan Society

            The Puritans were a group of English protestants who moved from England to America in order to have religious freedom. In the late 16th and 17th centuries, puritanism was widely spread in New England, especially Massachusetts. Their community was growing bigger as time went by in New England. It definitely had affected individuality by how the way they live their life. The Puritans were famous of having a strong belief in their religion and also the incident that happened because of their strong beliefs.
             If God exists, so does the devil. The devil was as real as God. (Source #3) God's side and devil's side were their only choices, either worship God or worship the devil. Once a puritan did a mistake, other puritans would believe that he worship the devil. The story of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne was a story based on the beliefs of the existence of God and the devil. Goodman Brown was told as a puritan who believed in God and also believed in all the people around him. His meeting with the devil changed his life. He saw all the people who he believed in God's side were also with the devil. In the end he changed the way he saw people for the rest of his life. It shows that his belief definitely affect his life as an individual. He believed that the devil changed every good people he knew into devil worshipers, but the truth was he changed himself as a devil worshiper because of what he beliefs. The Puritans saw the devil as a physical being who was incarnate, there to seduce them from the path of righteousness. (Source #5).
             Puritans spiritual beliefs were so strong it became a principle of their society. They believe that God was at the forefront of their minds, he was to motivate all of their actions. (Source #2) The famous Salem Witch Trials was a true history based on the Puritans value, customs, and also their beliefs. Salem was a village that was running based on Puritan's theology.

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