Question by  Matt99 (25)

What is the difference between the puritan and catholic religions?


Answer by  dhuoda (1431)

The main difference is that the catholic religion requires that believers be subject to the decisions and decrees of the pope, and the leadership of the local priest. Puritans have more focus on behaviours, and specifically moral matters like alcohol and entertainment, and rely more on individual conscience.


Answer by  JuliaJolie (415)

Catholicism believes fully in Papal (of the Pope) rule and leadership, with a strongly-defined clergy and is slightly more-old-fashioned. The Puritans were more focused on strong moral behavior (e.g. no alcohol, premarital sex etc) and that which reflected good character and simple lifestyles, much like the Amish people. Both are divisions of Christianity.


Answer by  CarolynOsborne (2804)

Both Puritanism and Catholicism are forms of Christianity. The Puritans, however, were early Protestants; Protestants were a Christian group that broke away from Catholicism.


Answer by  John (9008)

Puritanism is a form of protestantism, and does not recognize the Pope or other Catholic authority. Puritans also reject Catholic ideas about communion. The Puritans generally required a much more austere lifestyle than Catholicism, as well.

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