The Religion of Colonial Life

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Religion of Colonial Life
The aspect of religion in colonial life started out a little rocky in the beginning. The Protestants from England were unhappy with their corrupt religion, and wanted to start fresh in the New World called America. The reason it was corrupt is because they had no separation of church and state, and they wanted to be free to choose their own religion. However, when they got to the New World, things actually didn’t change that much. The citizens still didn’t really have the freedom to choose their religion. Inhabitants of Virginia were forced to attend the Church of Anglican, and pay taxes to keep it going. In 1698 a freedom to worship bill was put into place stating that people could worship whatever religion they wanted, but major limitations were put in place. The limitations were that the civil authority got to choose what groups got to practice this freedom. Later advocates for religious freedom argued that religious freedom should be defined as a natural right rather than as a right afforded by a civil government. Later on though, the Bill of Rights was created and the first amendment was basically freedom in religion in the United States of America. All the religions that had gained popularity and followings during this period were Catholic, Methodists, Quakers, Lutherans, Mennonites, Judaism, and Baptists.
The first religion talked about is one that it still very popular and followed in today’s world, Catholic. The first Catholic colony started in 1634. It was founded in the providence of Maryland by Cecil Calvert. The church has a very uncommon level of religious following in the face of the Puritans. Many people actually tolerated this religion being around. The Roman Catholic Church worships seven sacraments throughout their members’ lives, whereas more recent Christian denominations usually celebrate only two. The…...

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