People have long forgot Puritans and Puritanism in this age. What people don't know about these eclectic people is that they had many interesting but rather confusing rules to live by. The Puritans aspired to be a "civil man- who was someone who wouldn't do harm to anyone, follow the law and would live life avoiding sin (Morgan 1). As hard as it was to follow rules back in their years, Puritanism would definitely not be able to persevere against the sinful environment people live in now. The Puritans practiced what they preached very passionately and would not adhere to anything else if they wanted to be saved (Morgan 2). Although Puritan actions and beliefs might contradict each other at times, Puritans and Puritanism provided many exclusive and fascinating rules and covenants in their society that people can now learn more about.
Puritan Society was started because they wanted to leave the turmoil in England and also to purifying it from the Catholic way of living. The Puritans settled in the North of the United States mainly in Boston, Massachusetts in the sixteenth century. Puritanism was not a religion early on as it was just a movement with Protestant followers (Foster 5). The Puritans wanted to create a "visible kingdom of God- where "civil life would prevail in family, church and state- (Morgan 3). .
They wanted to make everyone around them civil and lead a pure life. Puritans believed that "good conduct was the result of salvation rather than the cause of it (Morgan 2). In today's society, everyone is more concerned with who will pick up the kids from school or what bills need to get paid next. Unlike day-to-day society, Puritan life revolved around their covenants with God. Looking more in depth into their way of living in society, as long as everyone followed the laws of God and be kind to all fellow man they would be considered a "visible saint- (Morgan 4). According to Morgan, what distinguished a civil man from a visible saint were the reasons for their actions, the civil mans' reason for doing things was because of social restraints while the visible saint was disposed to be one by the Holy spirit (4).