Bringing Christianity to the New World
Of course, Christianity has been presented throughout history to non-Christian people by making it seem closer to the religion that they had been following previously. Powerful Gods, and even powerful mother-figures, have long been typical aspects of many types of non-Christian faiths. But Christianity was different. And without the focus of the forgiveness of Jesus Christ, it might as well be any other non-Christian religion.
The Puritans didn't build shrines, or light candles, or do rituals. They didn't pray to the mother of Jesus, and even their prayers to God were through His son. And if you are saying to the Puritans, "well, lighten up", they didn't. They lived, and died, to help spread the word of forgiveness.
Their faith was pure. Or as pure as they could make it. There was no room for compromise on something this important. And they did the only thing that they knew how, they led by example.
The above painting, by Frederic Edwin Church, is of the group, including my family the Reverend Samuel Stone and his daughter Rebekah, journeying through the wilderness on their way to establish the new town of Hartford, Connecticut in 1636. Rebekah was eleven years old. No, you can't really see them in the painting, but they were there.
Posted by Brad Hall