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In the spring of 1638, Anne Hutchinson and her children left the Massachusetts Bay Colony, forced onto an island in Narragansett Bay near what is now Rhode Island. The year before, Hutchinson had been a highly respected church member in a Puritan church in Boston. But then she was put on trial and sentenced to banishment from the Massachusetts Bay colony and excommunicated from her church. What had Hutchinson done? Why was she such a threat to the Massachusetts Bay Colony?
Puritanism and Anne Hutchinson
Puritanism: a sect formed because they wished to purify English Protestantism by removing all traces of Catholic forms and ceremonies. Puritanism emphasized the Bible instead of tradition or reason as the chief source of authority, and their moral code was strict.
Anne Hutchinson stirred up the Antinomian controversy. This movement consists of those perceived as extremists who espoused a different version of the covenant of grace. Believed that having been assured of salvation, an individual was freed from the man-made laws of church and state. Taking commands only from God, who communicated his wishes directly to them.
Had Hutchinson broken any laws? Were the political and religious authorities of Massachusetts Bay determined to get rid of Hutchinson, even if she had not broken any laws? Why?
Was Hutchinson a threat to the colony? Why? Remember to post your case study solutions on the discussion board.
Use a textbook, the above background material to formulate your response.
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