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What were the changes in colonial New England which seemed to indicate that it was abadoning its Puritan origins?

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One change that Puritan leaders worried about was the increase in material wealth among people in New England. This, it was thought, led to a more worldly outlook that had compromised the Puritan ideal. Another factor was the loosening of standards for full church membership. Puritans had traditionally required their full members to people who could claim...

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