Learn about the origin of the religious movement that led the Pilgrims to America and how Separatist views were informed by John Calvin and Martin Luther, in this DVD extra from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. Calvin, who believed that God was omnipotent, incited a movement to find out the way God wanted things to be. This was an entirely new basis for Christianity. The Pilgrims found in certain books of the Bible the way they thought Christians should live. Consistent with Luther’s view, they interpreted a non-hierarchical model for a church. In place of clergy, small communities of people, all equal, would gather voluntarily to do what they thought was the bidding of Christ. This resource is part of the American Experience: The Pilgrims collection.
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