Difference Between Puritans and Quakers (with Table)

In the 16th-18th century, there were seen to a rise in the number of religious groups trying to propagate and get more people to follow their beliefs. Some of them would preach their way into it while the others resorted to using force and violence, executing the ones who refused to obey.

Two such groups were the Quakers and Puritans. They were actively trying to propagate the ‘right’ way of following Christianity in England that slowly spread to the American empire. It is also believed that Quakers were originally part of.

The Puritans were the group who followed baptism and believed that everyone was sinners. They said that the only way to be freed from their sins was to follow their way of sacrificing themselves to the Gods.

The Quakers were other religious groups formed by the members of ‘Religious Society of Friends’ and was formed in the mid-16th century. This group in England due to religious turmoil and preached their ways to the public.

The difference between Puritans and Quakers is that the Puritans believed that they needed to be taught by the church ministers and followed baptism whereas the Quakers did not believe in sacrament and had their own acceptable rules to be followed.

Comparison Table between Puritans and Quakers

Parameters of ComparisonPuritansQuakers
BeliefThey believed everyone was sinners and they were the only pure onesThey only believed in true blessings for all.
ChurchThey were taught by the church ministers and followed baptism.They did not follow church ministers and also did not believe in the sacrament.
Role of churchWas very rigidHad more freedom religiously
ServicesPuritans had their church services held in the churchThey had it in silent meeting places and also stopped going to the church to visit these silent meetings
EqualityThey believed that the women were not equal and up-held the belief that different genders have their roles to playThey believed that men and women were equal.
Native AmericansThey discriminated and showed superiority complex to themThey were open to welcoming the native Americans

What were Puritans?

The Puritans are a religious group that was formed by the English protestants to clean up the England churches from their horrid ways of following religions. They were people who believed that everyone in the world was sinners

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The Puritans believed that they have to follow the scriptures of God to be freed from their sins and receive God’s blessing. They followed the church rules and were taught by the church ministers. They were also seen to practice Baptism.

They believed in gender roles and therefore, the women were not allowed to participate in the church affairs. They also discriminated Native Americans.

They were furious by the methods the Quakers had adapted for following and cleansing the religious turmoil and had resorted to killing or forcing them to accept the Puritans way.

puritans

What were Quakers?

The Quakers are the members of ‘Religious Society of Friends’ and were formed in the mid-16th century for clearing the religious turmoil happening in England.

Unlike the Puritans, they believed that everyone deserved to be blessed by God. They did not abide by the scriptures or follow baptism. They did not believe in the sacrament.

They believed that everyone was equal and therefore they practised gender equality and also welcomed Native Americans and their beliefs. One could follow their own beliefs and yet be a Quaker is what made the Quakers better than the Puritans.

The Quakers were kind and peace-loving people. At one point Quakers meant friends and it has remained that way throughout the years. The Quakers had also abandoned going to churches and had their church services in silent meeting places.

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Main Differences Between Puritans and Quakers

  1. They had different beliefs. Puritans believed that everyone was sinners and only the ones who followed their beliefs were pure. Whereas Quakers believed that everyone was blessed and pure by God.
  2. Puritans believed that the principles of Christianity had to be taught by the church ministers and followed baptism under their rules. On the other hand, Quakers did not believe in sacrament and did not follow baptism.
  3. The role of a church for the two groups was also different. The church system was very rigid for the puritans whereas Quakers had religious freedom and were not bound by the laws that they did not believe in or were against it.
  4. The Puritans believed that they had to conduct their services only in churches whereas this was not the case in Quakers. The Quakers held their services in silent meeting places, often not going to the churches just to attend them. The Quakers had stopped going to the churches because they had found peace in the silent meetings.
  5. Puritans did not believe in gender equality. They strictly followed the gender roles and had banished the women from taking part in church affairs and voting. Whereas the Quakers held great importance to gender equality and treated everyone equally.
  6. Their treatment to the Native Americans was also different. While the puritans discriminated them and did not consider them their equal, the Quakers were open to welcoming the Native Americans and their beliefs.
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Conclusion

Even to date, there are seen to religious turmoil in many parts of the world giving rise to the formation of many religious groups propagating their way. Two such groups were the Puritans and Quakers.

The Puritans were a diverse group, present throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th century and believed that one needs to abide by the scriptures to be freed from their sins. Only then would they be receiving the blessing from their God.

The Quakers were another set of people, mostly seen to be members of ‘Religious Society of Friends’ seen to emerge in the mid-16 century. They believed that all of them were equal and would receive God’s blessing.

The two groups can be clearly distinguished by the fact that while the Puritans found it a necessity to have their church services in the church, the Quakers had theirs in silent meeting places.

References

  1. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/393512/summary
  2. https://www.jstor.org/stable/362259