Apocalypse How?: Baptist Movements During the English Revolution

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Mercer University Press, 2000 - 299 páginas
"A study of the relation between religion and political thought during the English Revolution, Mark R. Bell's Apocalypse How? challenges early historical interpretations that portray the Baptists as politically inactive. This reexamination demonstrates that Baptists were close to the secular radicals who became known as the Levellers and to the more religious revolutionaries known as the Fifth Monarchists. The reintegration of the religious and political aspects of their thought reveals the Baptist movements to have been capable of generating support for both radical groups." "Bell discusses the transformation of Baptists from an aggressively critical sect to one more accomodating to its larger culture. Bell identifies this development with two changes in the Baptists' views of the end time. The first of these was an overall decline in eschatological enthusiasm during the 1640s, while the second was the way apocalyptic language among Baptists gradually came to refer more to endorsing society than to transforming it. This engaging study is a solid contribution to the historiography of the earliest Baptists and of religion in England during the tumultuous seventeenth century."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contenido

Reformation and Revelation
13
Kingdom and Kings The Baptists Apocalyptic Perspective
23
Baptist Beginnings John Smyth and the General Baptists
33
Particular Baptists in Babylon
53
King Jesus Particular Baptists and Londons Gathered Churches
55
Definition and Development The Particular Baptist Confession of 1644 and 1646
73
Uneasy Alliances Baptists and Levellers
97
Responsible Men and Resistant Saints The Emergence of Baptist Leadership and Organization
121
Unorthodox Baptists
161
Fifth Monarchists and Baptists
163
SeventhDay Baptists
205
Fifth Monarchist SeventhDay Baptists and Thomas Tillams Palatinate Apocalypse
229
Reflections before the End of Things
255
Selected Bibliography
263
Index
289
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Further Afield Particular Baptists Beyond London
135

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Página 30 - For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good.
Página 34 - Lord had touched with heavenly zeal for his truth, they shook off this yoke of anti-Christian bondage, and as the Lord's free people, joined themselves (by a covenant of the Lord) into a church estate, in the fellowship of the gospel, to walk in all his ways, made known, or to be made known unto them, according to their best endeavors, whatsoever it should cost them, the Lord assisting them.
Página 13 - And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Página 40 - ... made by the king, our lord the king can require no more: for men's religion to God is betwixt God and themselves; the king shall not answer for it, neither may the king be judge between God and man.
Página 40 - ... for men's religion to God is betwixt God and themselves; the king shall not answer for it, neither may the king be judge between God and man. Let them be heretics, Turks, Jews or whatsoever, it appertains not to the earthly power to punish them in the least measure (p.

Acerca del autor (2000)

Mark R. Bell has taught history in Oxford for several colleges and currently holds a lectureship in modern history at Christ Church College, Oxford.

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