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  •  Puritans were -and are- greatly influential (1+ / 0-)
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    A recent movie, "Anonymous" which is about Queen Elizabeth's court and the possible identity of the author of the Shakespeare plays, depicts the power of Puritan politics very well.  

    There is a scene in which a group of players proposes to bring a play into Elizabeth's presence to her delight.  An advisor, a Puritan, erupts in an objection about how sinful and against God pleasure seeking and plays which promote it are.  

    The strain in religious thinking that we refer loosely to Puritanism is really far older.  It is about priests maintaining a hold on power.  It is about an older sense of how Fate plays a role in man's affairs and how man needs to be studiously respectful.  It isn't about anything simple.  These are deep drives and instincts that most people take for granted without trying to think historically or analytically about.  

    The Puritans, and the Catholic Clergy, it must be remembered, were eager to see people tortured or burned at the stake in such fearsome ways that we are still affected profoundly whether we are willing to admit it or are aware of it or not.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 12:08:16 PM PDT

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