Puritan dating rituals
Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans believed that dancing could lead to all sorts of other immorality, and so tried to ban it, along with acting and the playing of sports on Sundays.
One of the most vociferous Puritan critics of the maypole was the writer William Prynne, who claimed that many a fine young man and woman had gone “dancing down to hell”.
Morton was a well-educated, well-connected, free-thinking Englishman who came to America in 1624 as a senior partner in a trading venture sponsored by the Crown. Morton wrote that he found two sorts of people in New England: the Christians and the Infidels.
For some, high church means formality: elaborate liturgical vestments, dignified gestures and postures, repetitiveness.