Is it fair to blame religion for the Salem Witch Trials?

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It is fair to say that religion played a major role in the Salem Witch Trials. A majority of people in Salem were Puritans and believed in the existence of evil. The Puritan way of life was derived from Christianity. The church was the foundation of the Puritan society. Puritans...

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It is fair to say that religion played a major role in the Salem Witch Trials. A majority of people in Salem were Puritans and believed in the existence of evil. The Puritan way of life was derived from Christianity. The church was the foundation of the Puritan society. Puritans had to adhere to strict rules that demanded moral uprightness. Anything that went against their beliefs was viewed as a sin that warranted punishment. The Puritans were fearful of God and afraid of His wrath, which explains why people did not support the thought of living among witches. There was widespread belief that women who did not follow the Puritan lifestyle were witches. In addition, Puritans victimized people who were viewed as outcasts because they did not follow their values.

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