Title

‘To the Dishonor of God’: Religious Roots for Puritan Morality Laws During the Interregnum

Authors

Carter Craig

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 1:15 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Chair

Kimberly Jensen

Session Title

History Department Senior Capstone Presentations

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Elizabeth Swedo, Bau Hwa Hsieh

Abstract

During the decade of the 1650s, England had no King or Queen. Instead, an increasingly monarchical parliamentary system of government reigned. This government was controlled by Puritans, a hardline sect of Protestant Christianity. Although they were a religious minority and their laws relating to morality were unpopular, the Puritans pursued this policies with religious zeal linking seemingly innocuous activities, such as cock-fighting or a may-pole celebration with the supposed evils of Catholicism. Legal documents such as “March 1654: An Ordinance for prohibiting Cock-matches” and “June 1657: An Act for the better observation of the Lords Day” ban activities based on associations with drinking and gambling, and then in a speech by Oliver Cromwell (1564), those activities are linked with Catholicism. This demonstrates the integral role religious thought played in Puritan laws. This project is the study of how one group with a radical vision of society used language to link domestic and foreign policy to Godliness and sin, despite a lack of popular support or resulting political gain.

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May 31st, 1:00 PM May 31st, 1:15 PM

‘To the Dishonor of God’: Religious Roots for Puritan Morality Laws During the Interregnum

WUC Columbia Room

During the decade of the 1650s, England had no King or Queen. Instead, an increasingly monarchical parliamentary system of government reigned. This government was controlled by Puritans, a hardline sect of Protestant Christianity. Although they were a religious minority and their laws relating to morality were unpopular, the Puritans pursued this policies with religious zeal linking seemingly innocuous activities, such as cock-fighting or a may-pole celebration with the supposed evils of Catholicism. Legal documents such as “March 1654: An Ordinance for prohibiting Cock-matches” and “June 1657: An Act for the better observation of the Lords Day” ban activities based on associations with drinking and gambling, and then in a speech by Oliver Cromwell (1564), those activities are linked with Catholicism. This demonstrates the integral role religious thought played in Puritan laws. This project is the study of how one group with a radical vision of society used language to link domestic and foreign policy to Godliness and sin, despite a lack of popular support or resulting political gain.