Religion in the Thirteen Colonies

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Why did the Puritans promptly establish their own church and persecute dissenters?  After all, they fled those same things in England. The Puritans of Massachusetts Bay had fled established church and religous persuction in England.

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The Puritans fled religious persecution in England. They endured a dangerous journey across the Atlantic and the high risks of trying to establish a settlement in a new place full of Native Americans, which they feared as "savages" because they took their version of their religious faith with extreme seriousness. They did not have the modern sensibility of "you do your thing and I'll do my thing, and if our paths cross it is beautiful."

On the contrary, they thought they were the only people practicing the one true faith as God intended it to be, and therefore, the only people destined for heaven. They didn't think the established Church of England was simply another choice in a menu of options: they thought it was wrong , the devil's throne, and a path to damnation. They certainly were not going to allow an institution they thought was so very destructive into their colony, just as they were not going to allow in what they considered other destructive forces, such as Catholicism or...

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