Separation of church and state in the United States In the s in New England the dominant Federalist Party was closely linked to the Congregational church ; when the party collapsed, the church was disestablished.
Recently, church historians have debated whether Quakers may be regarded as radical Puritans since the Quakers carry to extremes many Puritan convictions. Quakers were severely persecuted in England for daring to deviate so far from orthodox Christianity. By10, Quakers had been imprisoned in England and had died of torture and mistreatment in jail.
This reign of terror impelled Friends to seek refuge in Rhode Island in the s, where they soon became well entrenched. Inwhen Quaker leader William Penn parlayed a debt owed by Charles II to his father into a charter for the province of Pennsylvaniamany more Quakers were prepared to grasp the opportunity to live in a land where they might worship freely.
Pennsylvania Germans[ edit ] During the main years of German emigration to Pennsylvania in the midth century, most of the emigrants were Lutherans, Reformed, or members of small sects— MennonitesAmishDunkersMoravians and Schwenkfelders.
The great majority became farmers. The appearance in Pennsylvania of so many religious groups made the province resemble "an asylum for banished sects. For their political opposition, Catholics were harassed and had largely been stripped of their civil rights since the reign of Elizabeth I.
Driven by "the sacred duty of finding a refuge for his Roman Catholic brethren," George Calvert obtained a charter from Charles I in for the territory between Pennsylvania and Virginia. His son Lord Baltimorewas a Catholic who inherited the grant for Maryland from his father and was in charge — They included two Catholic priests.
Lord Baltimore assumed that religion was a private matter. He rejected the need for an established church, guaranteed liberty of conscience to all Christians, and embraced pluralism.
After the Glorious Revolution of in England, the Church of England was legally established in the colony and English penal laws, which deprived Catholics of the right to vote, hold office, or worship publicly, were enforced. The Church of England was legally established; the bishop of London who had oversight of Anglican in the colonies made it a favorite missionary target and sent in 22 clergymen in priestly orders by In practice, establishment meant that local taxes were funneled through the local parish to handle the needs of local government, such as roads and poor relief, in addition to the salary of the minister.
There was never a bishop in colonial Virginia, and in practice the local vestry consisted of laymen who controlled the parish and handled local taxes, roads and poor relief.
Government and college officials in the capital at Williamsburg were required to attend services at this Anglican church. When the elected assembly, the House of Burgesseswas established init enacted religious laws that made Virginia a bastion of Anglicanism. It passed a law in requiring that there be a "uniformitie throughout this colony both in substance and circumstance to the cannons and constitution of the Church of England.
Some ministers solved their problems by encouraging parishioners to become devout at home, using the Book of Common Prayer for private prayer and devotion rather than the Bible. This allowed devout Anglicans to lead an active and sincere religious life apart from the unsatisfactory formal church services.
However, the stress on private devotion weakened the need for a bishop or a large institutional church of the sort Blair wanted.
The stress on personal piety opened the way for the First Great Awakeningwhich pulled people away from the established church. The evangelicals identified as sinful the traditional standards of masculinity which revolved around gambling, drinking, and brawling, and arbitrary control over women, children, and slaves.
The religious communities enforced new standards, creating a new male leadership role that followed Christian principles and became dominant in the 19th century.Despite what many believe, the United States of America was founded in order to avoid religious intolerance and freedom of and from religion was written into the Constitution.
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