Puritanism

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Puritanism
Puritanism is the haunting fear
that someone, somewhere
may be happy.
H.L. Mencken
Puritans
People who wanted to purify the Church of
England from within.
T.U.L.I.P.
T: Total Depravity
 U: Unconditional Election
 L: Limited Atonement
 I: Irresistible Grace
 P: Perseverance of the saints

Total Depravity
Concept of “Original
Sin”
 “In Adam’s Fall, We
Sinned All”
 Due to Adam and Eve’s
fall from grace, we are
all born sinful and fall
short of the glory of
God.

Unconditional Election
God “saves” only a few select
 Concept of Predestination
 Those who are saved are known as “The Elect”

Limited Atonement

Jesus died for the
chosen, not for
everyone.
Irresistible Grace
God’s grace is freely given.
 It can neither be earned or denied.

Perseverance of the Saints
The members of the
elect have the right to
interpret the will of
God.
 Those who are
members of the elect
will live uprightly.

Puritan Plain Style
Plainness in speech,
writing, and dress.
 Clothing-black,
brown, gray
 Worked 300 days a
year.
 Did NOT celebrate
Christmas-viewed as
a pagan remnant.

Puritan Work Ethic
Through hard work
one could obtain
material and social
success.
 Material and social
success a sign one was
a member of the elect.

Function of Puritan Writing
To transform a
mysterious God
 To make God more
relevant to the
universe
 To glorify God

Types of writing

Nonfiction
– Poetry
– Narratives (journals)
– Letters
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