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Puritanism 

Radical Puritans turned against the conservative element in Protestantism-against Presbyterianism, against the rule of elders, and finally against every form of authority in society, the state, or the law. The Puritan recognized only human experience-the authority derived from direct religious revelation, the "trying of the spirit." In the Puritan view, the only true Christian person is the person who knows God. All that mattered was salvation and God's light, wherever they might appear. Any person could find salvation. By the late 1640s radical Puritanism had spawned political radicalism in England and America. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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