Anne Hutchinson

Anne Hutchinson was tried under a Puritan law for meeting with other people to discuss religious ideas, ones that did not match up with the Church’s beliefs.  She was put on trial for going against the church, and was noted for saying “As I do understand it, laws, commands, rules and edicts are for those who have not the light that makes plain the pathway.  He who has God’s grace in his heart cannot go astray.”  Hutchinson was saying that if the people she was meeting with did believe in what the church was promoting, then they would not doubt God and their religion.  Hutchinson is also saying that she does believe in God, and just because she debates some ideas does not mean she is going astray.  She is making it clear that she does not need to be guided by laws, commands, rules, or edicts because she is following God’s grace in her own heart.  Although this is a valid argument, the other Puritans did not feel that she could be pardoned, and ended up banishing her from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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2 Responses to Anne Hutchinson

  1. Jackie Foley says:

    Hutchinson’s diverse opinions and her sense of feminism were truly controversial in the Puritan society that she belonged to. The contrast in beliefs led to her banishment; a punishment that could not be undone.

  2. Natasha Grayson says:

    I admire someone who has the ability to stray from the expectations of society. Even in today’s society, one is expected to be faithful a religion if not solely Christianity. Although, Hutchinson believed in god she did not want to follow the rules of her religion; she wanted to be free in the way she worshiped.

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