Download PDF by Richard Connors: Anglo-American Millennialism, from Milton to the Millerites

By Richard Connors

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Neither the meliorist political tradition of the nascent American republic nor its later glide towards apocalyptically tinged 'fundamentalist' Protestantism and dispensationalism should be defined outdoor the context of the shared Anglo-American traditions and practices of millennial expectation and apocalyptic angst--whether expressed via early colonists, Milton, Blake, Miller or the Continental Congress. during this chronologically direct and thematically various quantity, 5 students operating in 3 certain disciplines (Religion, English literature, and historical past) strategy millennialism and apocalypticism within the British and Anglo-American contexts, making striking 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. in basic terms in such combined corporation does the examine 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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69 Furthermore, even the emerging idea that humans could impact the millennial scheme did not automatically disqualify the hope for historical continuity. ”70 Although Cudworth suggests human actors can alter the pre-written script, he emphasizes God’s ultimate shaping power to create coherency out of what might otherwise appear as mere contingency, the “Thread” that connects past, present, and future. Nonetheless, alongside this commitment to tradition there emerged among many English writers the impression that novelty was good 68 Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1971), 409–413, 422–432.

It will not do to take their antimillenarian stance as a sign of an “Augustinian” view of Revelation; at its core their apocalyptic theology was thoroughly historicist. 26 Identifying the Pope with Antichrist provided an apparent scriptural authenticity for the Reformers’ polemics against Rome, and apocalyptic imminence lent moral urgency to this polemic. Perhaps most importantly for Tudor religious historians, reading Revelation as a prophecy of recent national history imbued this history with a divine continuity.

61 Not much millenarian earthliness here, to be sure. But just one sentence earlier in this final invocation, Milton hopes that his fellow Englishmen may press on hard . . to be found the soberest, wisest, and most Christian People at that day when thou the Eternal and shortly-expected King shalt open the Clouds to judge the several kingdoms of the World, and distributing National Honours and Rewards for Religious and just Commonwealths, shalt put an end to all Earthly Tyrannies, proclaiming thy universal and mild Monarchy through Heaven and Earth.

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