In "The Devil and Tom Walker," do you consider Tom better or worse than the other prominent Puritans in New England?
A truthful answer to this question can only be given by the individual respondent, so my answer is simply that of my own point of view.
Tom is, in my perspective, definitely a worse person than the other prominent residents. It should be noted that "Puritans" is probably an improper application of the term here, as the Puritan culture and tradition was largely limited to a time period prior to Tom's story. Nevertheless the impression holds; that despite being a religious society strongly concerned with moral behavior and superstition, the failings of human nature and hypocrisy plague these people.
Tom, however, is distinctly worse than evidently fallible dignitaries such as Peabody and Crowninshield. While these men have sins that have apparently caused their moral demise, evident in the poor state of the trees which represent them, they did not do these things with a direct mind to serve the Devil in the process (or so we may assume). Nor did they, as far as we know, sell their souls in order to attain their stature.
Despite their failings, we may assume that such people were nevertheless better off in terms of moral wholesomeness, because they did not specifically set out on these paths with the intention of defying and actively working against the "godly" plain laid out for them by the terms of their society and religion. Tom demonstrates a greater degree of evil because he sacrifices his humanity for personal gain, then perpetuates himself upon the suffering of others.