God's Strange Work: William Miller and the End of the World

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Overview

"Calvinist Baptist preacher William Miller (1782-1849) was the first prominent American popularizer of using biblical prophecy to determine a specific and imminent time for Christ's return to earth. On October 22, 1844 - a day known as the Great Disappointment - he and his followers gave away their possessions, abandoned their work, donned white robes, and ascended to rooftops and hilltops to await a Second Coming that never actually came. Or so the story goes." Reflecting Rowe's meticulous research throughout, God's Strange Work does more than tell one man's remarkable story. It encapsulates the broader history of American Christianity in the time period and sets the stage for many significant later developments: the founding of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the tenets of various well-known new religious movements, and even the enduring American fascination with end-times prophecy. Rowe rescues Miller from the fringes and places him where he rightly belongs - in the center of American religious history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802803801
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Library of Religious Biography
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 1,273,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Mark Noll Noll, Mark

A Note on Quotations and Citations

1 Whereby I Might Please God 1

2 The Society of a Superior Class of Men 24

3 How Has He Visited Me in My Nightly Dreams 46

4 A Feast of Reason 69

5 Go and Tell It to the World 102

6 My Heart Inclines More towards Them 129

7 I Am Coming On 158

8 Our Hearts Are Growing Weary of Thy So Long Delay 192

Epilogue: This Work, This Strange Work 226

Bibliography 236

Index 245

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

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    best possible history on the Great Disappointment there is, even

    best possible history on the Great Disappointment there is, even though its NOT a disappointment anymore since the self proclaimed antichrist NIETZSCHE was born during the calculated time of jesuss return

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