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Puritan

(in the late 16th and 17th centuries)
any of the more extreme English Protestants, most of whom were Calvinists, who wished to purify the Church of England of most of its ceremony and other aspects that they deemed to be Catholic
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The English Puritans of the early seventeenth century were indoctrinated with the political as well as theological philosophy of Calvinism and did not overlook its democratic teachings, for they were quick to resent any infringement of their rights by their rulers.
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The city was founded more than 350 years ago by English Puritans, but now boasts a diverse population that includes Irish, German, Jewish, Italian, African-American, Latino and Asian cultures.
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John Owen, leading theologian among the English Puritans, has recently been attracting increasing scholarly interest.
THE ENGLISH PURITANS in 1603 had high hopes that the new Scottish king, James I, would push the Church of England nearer to Calvinism.
Among the finest examples of early Norman architecture in Britain, the church is reminiscent of the charming, unpretentious wooden churches English Puritans would later build in New England.