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Explain the main tenants of Puritan theology. What does it add to "mere" Christian doctrine? What are some of its most extreme beliefs?

How did Puritan theology understand political authority? How did this understanding play out in England? In America?

How did the idea of a covenant with God affect the Puritan decision to leave England? How did it affect the structure of government in America?

How did the Puritans evolve a more democratic structure of government from their charter?

Explain the tension between the Puritan ideal of creating a righteous political society and the failings of ordinary human beings.

What was separatism? Why did it threaten the colony? How are Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson related to separatism? What challenges did they pose to the colony?

How did the English Civil War affect the American Puritans? Why were many tempted to leave for...

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