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Which of the following did the Puritans strongly believe?Out of these four, what did...

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mlewolfe | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted September 10, 2012 at 3:53 AM via web

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Which of the following did the Puritans strongly believe?

Out of these four, what did the Puritans strongly believe?

a. That they should separate completely from the Church of England

b. only the elect of "visible saints" should be members of the church

c. human beings were fundamentally good and capable of working out their own salvation

d. kings like Henry VII and James I had sufficiently reformed the Church of England

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 10, 2012 at 4:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Of the choices given here, the best is B.  However, it would be more accurate if B read "should be full members of the church."

There were Puritans who believed that they should separate from the Church of England.  These Puritans believed that the church was too corrupt to reform.  But not all Puritans believed this.  Therefore, A overstates things by implying that all Puritans had separatist beliefs.

Puritans did believe that only those people who had clearly been saved should be full-fledged members of the church.  Other people were welcome in the congregations, but they could not be full members of the church until there were visible signs that they had been saved.

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