the extreme, letting it control everything in his or her day to day life.
extremist view of religion. They had com plete religion based lives
their r eligious beliefs.
In the late 16 hundreds, the Puritans wrote their laws according
should also be a sin against God. These laws made some very petty and
insignificant things illegal; such as worshipp ing a God other than the
punishment for all of the afore mentioned laws and for many others was
death. Even interpr eting a preacher?s sermon in a different way was
The mix of being a woman and committing an act against the church
her own religious views. Ones that she shared with a select group of
people in the community when she held small meetings at her home to
reevaluate and reinterpret what the preacher had said in his sermon. For
this she got arrested, put on trial in a severe cross-examination, and was
finally banished from the community. In this day and age, sharing of
religious vi ews, even from a woman, wouldn?t even be thought of as bad,
from a different community all-together.
The peace-loving Quakers lived in Massachusetts along side the
Puritans, but did not believe in the same things as them. The Puritan
community saw this as a demonic act and believed them to be ?under the
of the time it was to innocent people. People were kept days without
food, women were stripped stark naked, one lay neck and heels in irons for
This mistrea tment of the Quakers went on for years before the King of
England finally made a decree to end all of the persecutions. All of
this, merely because they weren?t the same religion.
The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony were good people, but
they went so far off the deep end with their religion that they sacrificed
understand that there were other things in lif e than their religion. The
Puritans were the true definition of religious fanatics; they couldn?t
control their religion so they let their religion control them.