Is there anyone with any information to contribute to the 5 main religions in England in the 17 to 18 centuries? The religions are (at least thats what the teacher wants me to write the essay on) : Calvinism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Puritanism. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
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The "religions" you've listed are not religions, per se. They are all part of Christianity. It would be more correct to refer to them as religious movements. In fact, Calvinism, Lutheranism, and Puritanism fall within Protestantism. There is no Protestant church. Having said that, you might want to look at what caused people to be so dissatisfied with Catholicism (the original Christian church) to break away and form another church; in other words, what caused the Protestant Reformation? Why are there so many different churches within the Protestant umbrella?
Although these religions differed, one thing they had in common was that they were all scrutinized, ostracized, and sometimes persecuted for their beliefs at one time or another. All were looking for freedom to practice as they saw fit without interference.
One thing that you might talk about is the political fighting that went along with the religious conflicts. For example, there was the English Civil War in the 1640s that was in part a dispute between the Puritans and the Anglicans (Protestants). These sorts of conflicts also helped cause many Puritans to leave the country and many of them settled in the American colonies.
Thank you litteacher8 for your help.
Thanks to pohnpei397 for taking time to answer, but the essay is also required to include the beliefs and origin(history) of the 5 religions, so can you please help also by putting together all the bits and pieces about them scattered across the internet into a more concentrated version? The political conflict idea was good though, thanks for taking the time to answer.
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