Anne Hutchinson challenged the traditional role of
women in the Puritan society through her opposing
religious beliefs. Anne Hutchinson was most likely
not the first woman to have her own thoughts. She
was simply the first to act on them. Anne
Hutchinson was born on or about July17, 1591 in
Alford, Licolnshire, England. She was the daughter
of Reverend Francis Marbury. Rev.
out that many of the ordained ministers in the
Church of England were unfit to guide people’s
souls. For this act of defiance, he was put in
jail for one year. Anne read many of her father’s
books on theology and religion. Much of Anne’s
independence and willingness to speak out was due
to her father’s example. Anne admired her father
for his defiance of traditional church principles.
Then in 1612 she married William Hutchinson.
Together they had 15 children. In 1634 she and her
husband moved to Boston.
Here Anne began holding
informal church meetings in her home discussing
the pastor’s services and also preaching her
beliefs to her followers. Threatened by meetings
she held in her Boston home, the clergy charged
Hutchinson with hersey. An outspoken female in a
male hierarchy, Hutchinson had little hope that
many would speak in her defense, and she was being
tried by the General Court. In 1636 she was
charged with hersey and banished from
Massachusetts Bay Colony. Several years later when
she moved to New York she was killed in an Indian
attack. Anne challenged the Puritan clergy.
believed that: “1.One can feel one’s salvation and
is filled with the spirit of God after conversion.
2.One needn’t be learned in the Bible or in the
Puritan writers in order to be saved. 3.The
ministers are all under the covenant of works,
except John Cotton, who is under the covenant of
grace.4. Inner light is the guarantee of
salvation.5. All responsibility for salvation is
placed on Christ. 6.Every person has the ear of
God if only he or she would ask for it, and listen
to the answer. 7.Indian slavery is wrong – people
of all skin colors are of one blood.
shouldn’t be set aside as the Lord’s Day because
every day is the Lord’s day. 9.Christians will
have new bodies when they get to
heaven.10.Predestination is unfounded.11.Prayers
should not be memorized, but inspired by love for
God, waiting on Him.12.Holy Spirit dwells within
each Christian like a personal union.13.The Law
should be interpreted by each person as their own
conscience dictates.14.Child baptism is wrong
because the child doesn’t know what is being done
to him or her.” Her preachings were unjustly
labeled as “antinomianism” and she was called
“antinomian” or a person that holds that the moral
law is no obligation for those who have true faith
againt law. Anne Hutchinson was condemned because
she did not fit into the prescribed role of women
in her colonial period basically that of having no
will or mind of her own. Anne was a free thinker.
She wasn’t afraid to speak out against the church.
She was clearly a great leader in the cause of
religious toleration in America and the
advancement of women in society. Bibliography:
Works Cited Crawford, Deborah. Four Women in a
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