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PURITANISM (Lat. puritas, purity)

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 665 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PURITANISM (
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Lat. puritas, purity)
  , the name given—originally perhaps in a hostile sense on the analogy of Catharism (see CATHARS)—tO the
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movement for greater strictness of
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life and simplicity in worship which grew up in the Church of England in the 16th century among those who thought that there had not been a sufficient divergence from the
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Roman Church, and which ultimately led to the rise of a number of separatist denominations . Thomas Fuller (Church
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History) traces the earliest use of the
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term "Puritan" to 1564 . The terms " Precisian," " Puritan," " Presbyterian," were all used by Archbishop Parker in his letters about this time as nicknames for the same party, and ten years later the name was in
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common use .

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