Were the Puritans Pure or Puritanical?

Here is an interesting post about the Puritans by Peter Lawler. What is most interesting about it is the original observations of de Tocqueville about the money-grubbing Virginians and the simple living Puritans.

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/postmodernconservative/2010/11/24/thanking-the-puritans-on-thanksgiving-with-of-course-the-help-of-tocqueville/

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