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Religion was a problem in Tudor times because the Catholics wanted Mary, Queen of Scots to become Queen but Elizabeth was Queen and she was Protestant. Also, Henry VIII built his own church, The Church of England because of the Catholics.

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people in Tudor times believed that god's hand guided the everyday events of the world AND whether you went to heaven or hell - so if you worshipped and behaved in the wrong way, you would have a bad life and after-life

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it changed so much because of the Tudor monarchs... under:

  • Henry VIII's reign - the country was Catholic until the pope refused to grant him a divorce and so he made himself head of his own church and started up Protestantism.
  • Edward VI's reign- the country was Protestant and before he died he said he wanted another Protestant monarch to take his place. This is where Lady Jane Grey had campaigned to be the next Queen of England.
  • Mary I's reign- the country was Catholic because Mary's roots came from Spain because her mother (Catherine of Aragon) was Spanish and Catholic.
  • Elizabeth's reign- the country was Protestant although she did try to find a middle ground between both religions to form the present Protestant churches because she wanted to appease the public.

Religon changed so much in the Tudor times so much because the public had to follow the religion of their King/Queen. They were obliged to they had no other choicce. Refusing to follow your King/Queen's religion was high treason, so people were forced to do so otherwise they would be executed.

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Religion was extremely important to the Puritans because it was the driving force behind their way of life, daily life and world view.

Puritans were followers of the teachings of Calvin and believed, like the Separatists, that man was born in sin and they all bore the guilt of Adam and Eve. To become saved, they would have to prove they were worthy while here on earth. To be worthy one must prosper, be faithful, and lead a successful life. Instead of separating from the Church of England, they wanted to "purify" that Church of the influence of the Catholic Church within the Anglican Church, thus the name, Puritans. Puritans wanted to remove themselves from non-Puritans. They originally wanted to leave England because they were not pleased with the way non-Puritans were worshipping without much interference from the hierarchy of the Church. They sought to set up a theocracy in the New World.

Among the earliest New World settlers were those fundamentalists. William Bradford and his small colony of Puritans founded Plymouth Plantation in 1620. Ten years later there was a huge migration of Puritans to the New World. The earliest life in Massachusetts was ruled by the Puritans according to biblical principals found in the Old Testament. They sought out the New World as a place to practice a more pure form of their religion, more pure than the Church of England. Their practices and religious way of life were more "Jewish" than those of modern day Christians. In fact, it is this early biblical influence that generated the modern day Christian myth that our country was founded on biblical principles. It was not. The Puritans were a short-lived group that eventually faded away and our country was "founded" by men of the Enlightenment in a culture that was becoming more secular 150 years later. However, the Puritans were absorbed by later religious groups and the Puritan ethics became part of the American culture, especially in New England.

The Puritans believed that all mankind was condemned to eternal damnation except for the Elect, a precious few who were granted salvation. The Elect were bound to oversee the enforcement of the laws of God in society. They were uncompromising in their moral and theological principles. Their concern with proper behavior led to a diligent interest in the activity of their neighbors. They generated the first legal code known as the Massachusetts Body of Liberties, which was influenced by the Magna Carta and brought the traditions of the English legal system to Colonial America. While it was supportive of individual rights in ways that were to endure it was also based on harsh biblical principles (see below) and was revoked in 1684.

The Massachusetts Body of Liberties established in 1641 provided, in part, that:

  • If any man after legall conviction shall have or worship any other god, but the lord god, he shall be put to death.
  • If any person shall Blaspheme the name of god, the father, Sonne or Holie Ghost, with direct, expresse, presumptuous or high handed blasphemie, or shall curse god in the like manner, he shall be put to death.
  • If any man lyeth with mankinde as he lyeth with a woeman, both of them have committed abhomination, they both shall surely be put to death.
  • If any person committeth Adultery with a maried or espoused wife, the Adulterer and Adulteresse shall surely be put to death.

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Because the monarchs in charge all had different religions that didn't approve of other religions. You could be killed because of your religion.

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