The Quakers vs. The Puritans

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The Quakers vs. The Puritans The Quakers were considered to be more liberal of all the new religious practices found in America. The Quakers didn’t have any education on their practices because they saw no need for it. Everybody’s own interpretation of the written word was as valid as the next persons. The term Quakers was actually considered derogatory they preferred to be called Professors of the Light or Friends, which was the most common term. The term Quaker was used to describe the people who “tremble at the word of the Lord.” The Quakers belief was extremely different of that of the Catholic Church, and the beliefs that were held by the Pilgrims and the Puritans. The Quakers believed that all possessed an “Inner light”. By finding this inner light you would have the Lords own hand helping you. You would be able to achieve spiritual perfection in a sense. This belief pertained to everyone in God’s eyes everyone was equal. The Quakers were critical in the early history of New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and R Continue...


The Puritans introduced strong family values, (although family values are not important these days as they used to be) and brought forth the importance of being educated. Penn was somewhat of a disappointment because he got thrown out of Oxford University for hold unorthodox religious opinions. If their children couldn't read then they couldn't read and practice God's way. Penn was very passionate about the Quaker faith, he wrote forty-two books about his connection to his faith. The disciplinarian and the decision maker the man of the house ultimately held all of the power. Those who were single and alone were supposedly more likely to resist to carnal temptation. While the Puritans held fast to their strong convictions about family. Within towns Congregational churches were built and also in 1647 the Massachusetts General Court ordered towns to start having schools funded by town taxes. Penn's father was a friend with the king and the Duke of York, and several other people of importance at that time. Some of the things that Penn guaranteed to the settlers were Freedom from persecution, no taxation without representation, and due process of law. William Penn was the son of a wealthy landowner and held some power in the English navy. Most education was the parents' job. By being in a strange, harsh place families presented a new strength that might not have been discovered having to go out on your own.