The religious spectrum

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Puritans

  • Salvation gained as a gift from God to those who were predestined to be saved
  • The role of the Church is to guide and educate according to the rules laid down in the Bible
  • Preaching and private prayer, Bible study and reading are the key to salvation; rituals distract the ignorant from true salvation
  • Bishops have no special power
  • Catholicism is the devil seeking to corrupt true faith and the Pope is the Antichrist
  • Obedience should be given to authority unless they threaten God's cause and true religion

Anglicans

  • Salvation comes through faith alone
  • The Church has authority to guide people to salvation
  • There is a place for some ritual to symbolise aspects of faith
  • Bishops have

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