Anne Hutchinson: Revolutionary Religious Leader Essay

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As her meetings became increasingly well-attended (men and women participated) they also became controversial because she was teaching religious and spiritual values that bucked the system.

Those that supported her theories and her right to hold these twice-a-week meetings became polarized from those who questioned her right to go against traditional church teachings. If you questioned the Church, then you also questioned the State, Reuben explains. She was put on trial, accused of heresy and of doing acts that were "not fitting for her sex" (women were supposed to be subservient to men), and was banished from the Colony (Reuben, p. 4/6).

The challenges that Hutchinson put forward to the Church's fundamentally strict tenets through her preaching were bold and in hindsight, they were absolutely correct. She was a person well ahead of her time, and did not fear being banished because her beliefs were so strong.
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The historical record of Hutchinson's impact on early American society is that she was likely the first woman to stand up against the church and express deep philosophical differences with the Church. Doing so cost her a place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but that didn't matter to her because she had a profound relationship with God without having to go through the Church rituals.

In conclusion, it was indeed revolutionary for Hutchinson to boldly hold court at her house and express her vision of grace and salvation. Even in the face of legal challenges, she did not back down, and that was an impressive step for a woman who was very much living in a man's world at that time.

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Lippy, Charles. Introducing American Religion. State College, PA: JBE Online Books, 2009.

Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 1 -- Anne Hutchinson." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature -- A

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Lippy, Charles. Introducing American Religion. State College, PA: JBE Online Books, 2009.

Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 1 -- Anne Hutchinson." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature -- A

Research and Reference Guide. Retrieved from http://archive.csustan.edu.

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