Comment upon the following statement:
“Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy”.(H.L.Menken)
Henry Louis Mencken
(September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist,social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore"and the "American Nietzsche". He is often regarded as one of the mostinfluential American writers of the early 20th century.The Puritans were a significant grouping of English Protestants inthe 16
is a religious reform movement in the late 16
centuries that sought to “purify” the Church of England of remnants of the Roman Catholic “popery” that the Puritans claimed had beenretained after the religious settlement reached early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Puritans became noted for a spirit of moral andreligious earnestness that informed their whole way of life, and theysought through church reform to make their lifestyle the pattern for thewhole nation. Their efforts to transform the nation contributed bothto civil war in England and to the founding of colonies in America asworking models of the Puritan way of life.Puritanism may be defined primarily by the intensity of the religiousexperience that it fostered. Puritans believed that it was necessary to bein a covenant relationship with God in order to redeem one from one’ssinful condition, that God had chosen to reveal salvation through preaching, and that the Holy Spirit was the energizing instrument of salvation.
was founded by some Marian exiles from the clergyshortly after the accession of Elizabeth I of England in 1558, as anactivist movement within the Church of England. The designation"Puritan" is often incorrectly used, notably based on the assumptionthat hedonism and puritanism are antonyms: historically, the word wasused to characterize the Protestant group as extremists similar tothe Cathari of France.Puritanism has a historical importance over a period of a century, andgeneral views must contend with the way it changed character andemphasis almost decade by decade over that time.
“Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, maybe happy”
in other words “A Puritan is someone who is deathly afraidthat someone, somewhere is having fun” are two quotes from H.L.Mencken. I think we could also say that for religious abusers, their