The Birth of Religious Liberty

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Puritan Ethics

the birth of religious liberty

Puritans came to the New World not because it offered religious freedom in general, but because they would be able to practice their faith in all its precision--in part to have the opportunity "to censure those who ought to be censured." Though harsh toward religious dissent, the Puritans' faith did help them survive against great odds and birthed important social institutions like public schools.

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