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What were the differences between Puritans and Catholics in 17th century?

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saharm | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 8, 2011 at 3:49 AM via web

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What were the differences between Puritans and Catholics in 17th century?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 8, 2011 at 4:07 AM (Answer #1)

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The Puritan church and the Catholic Church were very different during this time.  In fact, the Puritan church was called by that name because it wanted to purify the Church of England from all Catholic influences.  A few of the major differences include:

  • The Catholic Church was very hierarchical while the Puritans were not.  Each Puritan congregation was sovereign; there were no bishops or cardinals or popes to tell them what to do.
  • The Puritan church believed in very plain services.  They did not believe in all of the rituals of the Catholic Mass or in having impressive clothing for their clerics.
  • The Puritans believed that individuals should be able to read for themselves.  Catholics believed that laypeople needed guidance from the clergy to understand the Bible.

All in all, the Puritans were more democratic and less given to display and pageantry than the Catholics.

 

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