When William Laud, an avowed , became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633, the Church of England began to embrace beliefs abhorrent to Puritans: a focus on the individual's acceptance or rejection of grace; a toleration of diverse religious beliefs; and an acceptance of "high church" rituals and symbols.

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The Anglicansermon opens with a pianissimo exordium, gathers momentum through a risingand quickening tempo, comes generally to a rolling, organ-toned peroration;the Puritan begins with a reading of the text, states the reason in anorder determined by logic, and the uses in an enumeration determined bythe kinds of person in the throng who need to be exhorted or reproved,and it stops without flourish or resounding climax" (332-3).

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These mainly anonymous artist-copiers did not receive positive encouragement from American puritans as there was, stemming from religious beliefs, a general disapproval of visual images.