The Puritans: the Seed of America’s Obscurantism

“As children we learned that the Puritans were interested in religious freedom and they certainly were. Another way of looking at them, however, with the history I’ve chronicled, is as the most extreme faction of an extreme faction of an extreme faction of Protestantism. They weren’t just seeking religious freedom. Of course that was true, but they were, not to push too unkind or fine a point, religious nuts who, just as the age of reason and science were dawning, were still clinging to an outmoded literalism of the Bible. And they used it to create a theocracy that lasted most of the first century after their arrival here.” – Kurt Andersen


About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' and founder of He's also written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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