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The Story of the Puritans


The word ‘puritan’ is one that we hear occasionally in our daily conversation in today’s society in Ireland and also elsewhere in the Western world. It has a negative connotation, of course, indicating very strict attitudes and practices in relation to morality and religion, ones that the speaker/s does/do not accept. One dictionary puts it like this: A puritan is ‘any person practising or advocating extreme strictness in conduct or religion, usually in a deprecating sense.’

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