By Richard Connors
Neither the meliorist political tradition of the nascent American republic nor its later waft towards apocalyptically tinged 'fundamentalist' Protestantism and dispensationalism should be defined outdoors the context of the shared Anglo-American traditions and practices of millennial expectation and apocalyptic angst--whether expressed by means of early colonists, Milton, Blake, Miller or the Continental Congress. during this chronologically direct and thematically various quantity, 5 students operating in 3 designated disciplines (Religion, English literature, and background) strategy millennialism and apocalypticism within the British and Anglo-American contexts, making awesome contributions either to the research of non secular, literary and political tradition within the English-speaking ecumene, and, a minimum of implicitly, to the critique of disciplinary exclusivity. purely in such combined corporation does the learn of the millennial nexus in English and American faith, tradition, literature and politics, from the time of Milton to the time of the Millerites, come into concentration.
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But he will be thrown down by fire from heaven and condemned to everlasting punishment. 624–25) I am inclined to take this passage as rather definitive, but given the recent controversy about the authorship of De Doctrina Christiana,60 58 Milton and the Drama of History: Historical Vision, Iconoclasm, and the Literary Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 26. 59 For Hill’s interpretation, see Milton and the English Revolution (New York: Viking, 1977), 279–84. 60 See William B.
John’s prophecy allowed him to interpret the seeming absence of the true church in history as a continuity rather than as an interruption, a sustained struggle between Antichrist and the faithful. God’s apocalyptic plan, Foxe insists, has shaped human history in a detailed, profound, and discernable manner. Foxe divides all history into apocalyptic ages—four ages in the 1563 edition (C4r), revised to five ages in 1570 (e1r)—each revolving around the activity of Antichrist and the true church’s attempt to resist him.
The national flavor of mid-century radicalism lies 48 The best general description of mid-century millenarianism is still Bernard Capp’s Fifth Monarchy Men: A Study in Seventeenth-Century English Millenarianism (London: Faber, 1972). On their sense of active participation in the cosmic story, see especially 131–140. 49 Smith, Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion, 1640–1660 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989), 9. 50 Marshall, The Right Understanding of the Times (London, 1647), sig.
Anglo-American Millennialism, from Milton to the Millerites (Studies in the History of Christian Thought) by Richard Connors