Prisoners of Hope?: Aspects of Evangelical Millennialism in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1880

Prisoners of Hope?: Aspects of Evangelical Millennialism in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1880

by Crawford Gribben
     
 

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A fervent millennial hope has often existed at the heart of Protestant evangelicalism. Varieties of eschatology have exercised a profound impact on the movement's theology and history. Although millennialism had a respected lineage within conservative Protestantism, it flourished with enormous energy in the early nineteenth century as evangelicals responded to the

Overview

A fervent millennial hope has often existed at the heart of Protestant evangelicalism. Varieties of eschatology have exercised a profound impact on the movement's theology and history. Although millennialism had a respected lineage within conservative Protestantism, it flourished with enormous energy in the early nineteenth century as evangelicals responded to the threat of the American and European revolutions and the cultural pessimism of the Romantic movement. By mid-century, the millennialism that had first been articulated for the defense of Protestant conservatism had paved the way for the subversion of historic theology and church practice, as a growing confidence in biblical inerrancy and the "literal" hermeneutic challenged many of the historical assumptions of the evangelical faith.

This volume of essays expands on neglected aspects of the impact of the evangelical millennialism in Britain and Ireland between 1800 and 1880, and includes an essay charting recent trends in the study of millennialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597527378
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Studies in Evangelical History and Thought Series
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Crawford Gribben has taught in Scotland, Ireland and Switzerland, and is currently Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Culture, University of Manchester. He is the author of The Puritan Millennium: Literature and Theology, 1550-1682 (2000).

Timothy C. F. Stunt has taught in England, Switzerland and the USA. He has contributed numerous articles to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and is the author of From Awakening to Secession: Radical Evangelicals in Switzerland and Britain, 1815-1835 (2000), for which he was awarded a Cambridge PhD.

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