As sworn enemies of true Christianity, the Puritans whose name literally infers to shun those who are impure are most renown for calling anyone who veered an iota from their strict code of behavior a “witch,” and then burning them to death.
The Puritans were vehemently against religious freedom and created policies giving only themselves freedom. The Puritans didn't leave Europe because of religious persecution, but because Europe had laws against the Puritans imposing their fanatical beliefs on other religions.
The Puritans came to America to found a society where they could persecute others and insist their “theology” was the only right one.
The looney tune Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony actually outlawed the celebration of Christmas. From 1659 to 1681, anyone caught celebrating Christmas in the colony would be fined. No, really.
A better understanding of mid-century ecumenical Protestant thought helps us come to terms with the dialectical process by which ecumenical Protestants lost their numbers and their influence in public affairs while evangelical Protestants increased theirs.
Politically and theologically “conservative” evangelicals flourished while continuing to espouse popular ideas about the nation and the world such that the U.S. was an exceptional nation because it was founded on ideas that were criticized and abandoned by ecumenists.
Whereas, ecumenical leaders did not speak for their congregants and lost their grip on Protestant America. Protestantism was deeply rooted in dialectical forms of thinking and expression. The very existence of Protestantism is dependent upon oppositions. The end game is nihilism.
Protestantism was designed as an antithesis to the thesis of the ancient faith of Orthodox Christianity. The ultimate dialectic.
The Neocons moved to the Republican Party in the 1980s with President Reagan and co-opted the Evangelicals and the Mormons, and the relationship between religion and American diplomacy became really toxic. It always comes back to the Neoconservatives. blogs.mediapart.fr/nicholas-molod…
One thing I have learned in life is that belief is a hard nut to crack. What might seem to me as a worldly enterprise financed by English entrepreneurs was, in the hearts and minds of the Puritans a reality they truly believed in. I find that astonishing, but that is just me.
Same thing goes for people today who subscribe to evangelical Christianity and/or Neoconservatism. You would have be to out of your freaking mind to believe in such lunacy, but that is just my tiny opinion.

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