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On Puritanism

June 30, 2009

The best definition of Puritanism I’ve ever heard was this: Puritanism is the fear that someone, somewhere, might be enjoying themselves.

Does anyone know who said this?

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  1. Tim Truesdale permalink
    July 15, 2009 7:02 am

    This is an interesting idea. However, whoever said it was not exactly a historian. It would be difficult to understand how any serious scholar of the puritan movement could make this criticism. There may be any number of other criticisms leveled, but this idea doesn’t match the reality of puritanism.

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