Was the Massachusetts Bay Colony tolerant of other religious beliefs? Why or why not?
- WhoLv 79 months ago
the original puritans did not leave the UK cos of persecution against THEM - but their intolerance of anybody who wasnt puritan - demanding special rights which were refused
They LEFT the UK cos they didnt get what they wanted
- RogerLv 710 months ago
Not especially, but it's not the nature of religion to be tolerant because religious thoughts all lead toward the absolute, or God, and how can one deviate from that? There was not much room for doubt. In "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God," Jonathan Edwards believes that if God so chooses he can instantly send the world to a horrifying death. If you think God can do that, you're not likely to forgive deviations from belief, any belief that you hold absolute.
- Kevin7Lv 710 months ago
The Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony were victims of religious bigotry in England , but they were not tolerant of Roman Catholics and non-Christians and most other Christian groups.Although the Puritans were known to a more favorable view of the Jews than most other Protestant Christian groups.
- GypsyfishLv 710 months ago
That's complicated. I've done some ancestry research, and my ancestors were every kind of misfit from all over Europe. Many were Quakers- there were huge numbers of members of the Dutch Reformed Church. Not all the settlers were Puritans. But there weren't really many non-Christians around to be tolerated or not tolerated- except the Native Americans, and that relationship was complicated. They sometimes got along, but there were frictions, and a few of my ancestors either died in skirmishes with the Native Americans, or in one case had a child killed by them. It was one of those things that escalated- an incident, and revenge for the incident and revenge for the revenge, and so on. But the conflict wasn't based on religious differences. Some of the other responders are confusing the way people WITHIN the religious group were treated when they violated the norms of the group with feelings toward other religions- that's different.
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- staisilLv 710 months ago
Puritans were not tolerant of other religions or Christian sects. People, such as Anne Hutchinson, were banished if they did not follow the 'Puritan' religion and law.
- PearlLv 710 months ago
i would hope they were
- Anonymous10 months ago
No, it was their way or HELL. They were Puritan Christians.