Lead: During the 1630s English Puritans by the thousands left their homeland to build a new home in Massachusetts. Many were inspired by their leader, John Winthrop.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Though the name puritan originated as a disparaging nickname in the complaints of those who opposed them, the faction that came to be known as Puritans were loyal members of the Church of England who believed that the Reformation did not go far enough and wished to "purify" that communion of any remaining Catholic tendencies in theology, liturgy, and church government. Unlike the Pilgrims, who were separatists, the Puritans did not wish to break away from the national church but agitated for change from within.

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